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Minneapolis (KROC AM News) - The winter storm that hit most of Minnesota Wednesday closed major roads, stranded motorists and dumped record snow in some areas.

It also left the state shivering as it departed.

Some of the heaviest snow fell in the Twin Cities area where the National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen reported a record 8.7 inches. Owatonna reported one of the highest totals south of the metro with 6 inches.

Strong winds created blizzard conditions and drifting in many areas and that led to numerous road closures and traffic mishaps.

The section of I-90 between Blue Earth and South Dakota was shut down and stranded motorists were offered shelter at the National Guard Armory in Fairmont. Guard members were activated to search for stranded motorists.

 

Temperatures plunged below zero across the northern half of the state and the cold air will continue through Friday.

 

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