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Snow falling with 6 to 15 inches expected in region through Monday (video)

Loren Grossbach cleared the sidewalks at St. Pius Catholic Church on Sunday morning. Snow started falling in Rochester around 7:30 a.m.


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After a week of spring-like weather, winter has come roaring back.

A mix of ice and snow began falling at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, and the snow is expected to continue through into Monday.

Rochester residents Gary Kruse and Laurie Gilbertson were both trying to clear their vehicles of snow in a downtown Rochester parking lot Sunday morning, but they didn't have much luck keeping them clear.


The snow was falling at about an inch an hour.

"It's tough to come back to snow when we've had it so good," Kruse said.

"It's like they say, 'If you don't like Minnesota weather, wait a while. It will change,'" Gilbertson said.

Bob Rickard said this winter's snow has been "never ending."

Rickard, who does maintenance for the Mayo Civic Center, said he was trying his best to keep the event center plowed.

"You go around, come back and it's like you haven't even plowed," Rickard said. "I bet it's coming down an inch an hour."

Rickard said the The Dress Event, a wedding expo with about 100 vendors, was going to shut down early due to the weather. A flea market was also canceled.

"I'm doing the best I can to keep the sidewalks clear so people can get in while it's still open," Rickard said.


Fontaine Towers resident Bill Preston was also trying to clear snow in front of his downtown Rochester apartment complex.

"They say there's no two snowflakes alike," Preston said. "How is that possible? I don't believe it."

Preston enjoys volunteering his time shoveling the sidewalks.

When he's finished there, he said he'll head over to the Dorothy Day House and shovel their sidewalk too.

"It keeps me out of trouble," Preston said.

He figures he's got another month of winter weather to deal with yet.

Both city and Minnesota Department of Transportation snow plow operators have been out on the roads.

Driving conditions were listed as "difficult" in most of the region, and MnDOT is advising no travel in southeast Minnesota due to the heavy, blowing snow and poor visibility.


So far, there hasn't been any closures of interstate highways or other roads, however, there have been brief lane closures where crashes have occurred.

Several cars have been reported in the ditch on Interstate 90, U.S. 52 and U.S. 14.

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to an accident with injuries on I-90  involving a car wedged under a semi, but it wasn't clear which stretch of the road it happened on.

A Dodge County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said they've responded to a few reports of cars off the road.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings effective until noon Monday.

In Rochester, a snow emergency was declared and will begin at midnight on Monday.

The snow emergency parking restrictions apply to all city streets, with the exception of the Downtown Business District, for the early-morning periods of Monday and Tuesday between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. The existing Downtown Business District overnight parking restrictions are still in effect. Residents must use off-street parking spaces, city officials said.

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