#parent | #kids | First Blizzard Delivers Massive Snowfall in Minnesota and ND

The official snowfall total out of NW Minnesota and North Dakota is really impressive. And cause for a moment of gratitude here in SE Minnesota!

“Eye-Popping” Snowfall Totals In Minnesota and North Dakota

“Eye Popping,” that’s how our sister station (WJON, St. Cloud) described it. And they’re right. The first snowstorm of the season didn’t hold back…it ran through the area Wednesday and Thursday of this week and left double digits in its wake.

Actual First Blizzard of the Season Snowfall Totals

  • Bismarck – 24 inches of snow
  • Mandan – 21 inches of snow
  • Devils Lake – 12.5 inches of snow
  • Grand Forks – 9.1 Inches of snow
  • Roseau – 7.5 Inches of snow.
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How Bad Were the Roads?

Really bad. In some areas, the gates came down and the interstate was closed up. The North Dakota Highway Patrol was enforcing something I haven’t seen before, a ban on oversize travel!

How About Minnesota’s North Shore? Big Waves?

That’s a big yep!

The snow is going to be in full effect here in SE Minnesota soon enough (maybe even Saturday!)…so make sure you have the gear you need.

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Now that the word “snow” is being teased everywhere by meteorologists, parents are scrambling to find all the winter gear for their kids. Kids grow and usually need at least one new item every year while they keep growing. After the pandemic, there might even be a few adults that had a little “growth spurt” and now their winter gear doesn’t fit either. If you are needing to know where to go in Rochester, Minnesota to find coats, boots, and snow pants, use this list to find what you need before the snow starts piling up.

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