Two Feet Of Snow Falls On Iron Range

By KBJR Manager

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM CDT

Many on the Iron Range spent Monday digging out from a late-season storm that dumped several feet of snow. Meanwhile crews are still working to restore power and clear roads. Chris Buckley has more.

This is what residents across the Iron Range woke up to on Monday morning.

Two feet of heavy, wet snow that closed schools and courthouses... and left 2-thousand residents in the Grand Rapids area without power overnight.

Officials with the state patrol say the compacted snow on area roads meant more calls about jackknifed semis, cars in ditches and minor collisions, but no major problems.

They say MnDot responded by sending in crews from other areas to help clear and remove snow as residents dug out their shovels and plows.

"In Chisholm, more than 2 feet of snow prompted city officials to declare the city's first-ever snow emergency."

City Engineer Jason Fisher acted on an ordinance the city council passed about two and a half years ago.

"For motorists, it means no parking on Main Street and one block off it, it gives crews a chance to get the streets plowed and open so businesses can continue to operate as usual."

cars parked on the snow emergency route will be towed if they interfere with snow removal operations.

"we have to get the word out that when there is a snow emergency we have to get these cars off, get the streets clear to keep travel safe in the city of Chisholm."

That ordinance is in effect until 10am on Tuesday. In Chisholm Chris Buckley Range 11 News.

Lake Country Power crews has just finished restoring electricity to the majority of more than 2-thousand customers who were without it.

Fewer than 50 members remain without power by news time.