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Parts of Alaska, Minnesota dig out from snow

Wintry Weather
This robin got caught in the snowstorm that hit Minnesota on Saturday.Margene Newton / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Residents of Alaska and Minnesota dug out from more than a foot of snow over the weekend.

The National Weather Service says 17.2 inches fell at its office just south of Anchorage's international airport and 22 inches fell in northeast Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

The heaviest snow fell between 3 and 6 p.m. yesterday at a rate of almost two inches per hour.

The monthly total at the weather service office is now 29.7 inches, breaking a record from 1963 when 27.6 inches fell during April.

The 15.5 inches that fell Friday is the third most for any one day in Anchorage. The record is the 25.7 inches that fell six years ago on March 17, 2002.

In Minnesota, a snowstorm dumped snow across much of the western and northern part of the state. The National Weather Service says it has received reports ranging from nine to 18 inches of snow. It also snowed in the Twin Cities but not as much.

Interstate 94 closed from Moorhead to the Osakis area because of poor travel conditions. Two men were killed Friday in a head-on crash near the town of Alexandria. Authorities say snow and slippery roads were a factor.

Forecasters say it’s not that unusual to get late April snow in Minnesota.

The snow is ending, but chilly weather will remain. The weather service says the highs in the Twin Cities will only be in the mid 40s on Sunday. That’s about 20 degrees below normal.