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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Storm Expected to Accumulate Later Than Initially Anticipated

The Wright County Highway Department is dealing with the front of end of a snowstorm that is expected to continue through the rest of today and almost all of Friday.

Wright County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Steve Meyer said the biggest problem his crew is facing is that the forecast keeps changing.

The Highway Department crew began early this morning to start treating, plowing and salting where necessary and crews will remain on the roads until at least the end of the evening commute.

There may be a brief period between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. when plows will be off the road, but they will resume plowing well in advance of the morning commute.

Meyer said that the estimates are currently projecting five to seven inches of snow in Wright County, but he feels those numbers may eventually be amended downward.

“The snow is so wet that it’s almost like a spring snowstorm,” Meyer said. “I’m seeing some of the updated models are dropping the volume of snow because it has a lot of moisture involved with it. I’m not sure how we’re going to get seven inches or more the way it’s falling now. But, when the temperatures drop tonight, there could be issues with freezing.”

Meyer added that this isn’t a well-developed storm and there will be some lull periods this afternoon and early evening. However, winds will be picking up and roads could become more treacherous overnight, so morning commuters are being advised to add extra time for their morning drive.

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