It takes more than a little snow to shut down Apple Valley.
Despite the 10-11 inches of snow that fell on the area Sunday--one of only 20 times that amount has fallen in a 24-hour period in the last 128 years--District 196 school start times began as scheduled Monday. Most businesses were operating as usual, too, and major streets have been cleared, though there were numerous accidents and spinouts during the morning commute.
As it stands now, the Twin Cities won the snow lottery on Sunday with nearly every town in the metro area getting between 10 and 15 inches of snow. Compared to last year, Sunday's storm was a snow-mageddon event. The deepest single-day snowfall in the Twin Cities last winter was 4.2 inches on Dec. 3, 2011.
Yesterday's storm was also a record of sorts. The 10.5 inches of snow at the international airport—the official site of record for the NWS—marks just the 21st time since 1884 that a calendar day in the Twin Cities has seen 10 or more inches of snow. Let's repeat: the amount of snow received on Sunday has happened only 20 other times in 128 years.
Thanks to the storm, as of 8 p.m. Sunday, 597 crashes had been reported statewide, with 61 involving injuries and one fatality, according to Lt. Eric Roeske, of the State Patrol. Almost 970 spinouts and slides off slippery roads also were reported, he said.
Who had the most snow? As of 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbus Township, in Anoka County, reported 16 inches of snow. Forest Lake had 13.5 inches. Chanhassen, Excelsior and Burnsville all reported about 12 inches.