Snowstorm hits Wadena days before spring; experts say weather should shape up first week of April
In a continuation of the seemingly relentless pattern of storms affecting Wadena over the past few weeks, the area was struck again by a snowstorm late Sunday and early Monday.
As of late Monday morning, about 4-6 inches had fallen in the Wadena area, said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck. Snow began to fall at around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night, with peak storm intensity occurring during the pre-dawn hours Monday, he said, adding that visibility dropped to one half of a mile around 12:30 a.m.
Smerbeck’s forecast for the rest of Monday included light snow and gusty winds, with the snow tapering off Monday evening and going into a cold and gusty night. AccuWeather’s overnight forecast for March 18 called for a high of zero degrees and a low of negative seven.
After consulting with Paul Pastelok, head of the long-range department at AccuWeather, Smerbeck said Wadena should start seeing warmer, spring-like weather after the first week in April.
“Then we think the colder air will start to ease off after that and start to be shifting more toward the Great Lakes,” Smerbeck said.
According to Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) spokesperson Jil Fiemeyer, no weather-related injuries had been reported for the period between midnight and 2 p.m. Monday.
Sgt. Naomi Plautz of the Wadena Police Department said there were no weather-related auto crashes reported to the WPD during that same period.
Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said road closures help bring down the number of crashes in his district, which includes Wadena County. Grabow reported only 18 crashes, nine of which were rollovers. One involved non-serious injuries, Grabow said. The State Patrol also reported 60 vehicles that required towing help.
Specifically in Wadena County, the State Patrol reported four crashes between midnight Sunday morning and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Two of those crashes were rollovers, and one involved minor injuries.