First Winter storm slams Wadena
Jack Frost made his presence known last week.
In the first storm of the season, Wadena was slammed with an estimated 16 inches of snow, fierce winds and plunging temperatures over five days.
The storm began early Monday morning, bringing about 9 inches of snow to the area. A lull Tuesday allowed residents to dig out and prepare for the next big hit, which began late Tuesday night through Wednesday. The second wave brought wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour and dropped another 7 inches
Wadena-Deer Creek and Sebeka School districts closed early Wednesday due to increasing snow accumulation and winds. On Thursday New York Mills and Wadena-Deer Creek school districts opted to cancel school.
Minnesotans across the state were hit by the monster storm. A winter storm warning for the area went into effect Tuesday afternoon until Thursday morning. Temperatures plunged over the latter part of the week into the negative digits. The temperature Friday morning was - 17. A wind chill advisory was in effect through Saturday morning. At times, wind chill values dropped to 35 below to 40 below zero. The cold continued into this week, with temperatures of -14 Monday and -13 Tuesday morning. Cold air is expected to continue through the weekend.