Round One of the storm system that has officials telling people to shelter in place has passed with the Round Two expected this afternoon.
Wright County Highway Maintenance Superintendent Nate Helgeson said the first line of snow produced what was expected – four to seven inches of snow in different parts of Wright County. He said the day crew has been out on the roads since 2 a.m. and have hit the entire county highway system. He said the issue now is wind that is blowing the snow around and causing drifting.
The forecast for today remains pretty similar, with forecasts calling for 12-15 inches of snow. The start time for the heaviest snow has been pushed back to approximately 3 p.m., but steady snowfall is expected once it starts to last until about 7 a.m. Thursday, which could lead to significant accumulations. Winds are expected to increase with gusts of 40 miles per hour that will make travel treacherous on open stretches of road through midday Thursday.