Notes today's Star Tribune:
Monday's mere two- to three-tenths of an inch of snow was paltry by Minnesota standards, but timing was everything, said Chris Franks, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
The light, fluffy snow began falling around 7 a.m. and quickly intensified as it moved over the metro area. It was the first measurable amount of the season, and combined with the subfreezing temperatures allowed it to accumulate [as ice] on the roads . . . turning what might have been an easy Veterans Day commute into a calamity of collisions and miles-long traffic tie-ups.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Just in Time for Winter
First Snowfall (2010)
A Snowy October Day (2009)
A Snowy December – with an Aussie Connection (2007)
Image: Michael J. Bayly.