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"Shovelable" dose of snow blankets SE Minnesota

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Snowblowers, shovels and trucks with blades were out in force across southeastern Minnesota early Saturday after two to four inches of snow covered the area overnight.

The History Center of Olmsted County closed for the day but most activities were unaffected by the dose of white stuff. 

Main roads were cleared quickly on Saturday by MnDOT and Rochester city plows, but side streets in the city of Rochester were snow-covered until crews could get to them.

In the Scenic Oaks subdivision off 48th Street SW in Rochester, one homeowner initially measured 2.5 inches and snapped a quick photo of the pretty view of the back deck.  What was her reaction when she first looked out her window?

"Beautiful!! And no surprise because Randy told us it was coming," said Dottie Bloom.  "But the sunshine on the freshly fallen snow is always a wondrous sight. Gotta go shovel the driveway now."

After she came in from clearing the driveway, Dottie had a different view of things.

"Now that I've shoveled the driveway and sidewalks I'd like to change my estimate on how much snow we got! Lol. My husband also thinks we got more than 2 or 3 inches. Closer to 5," Dottie reported. "But maybe it's because of the drifting?"

Meteorologist Jonathan Kegges noted that Zumbro Falls reported the most snow out of the early Saturday storm with 5.5 inches.  Kenyon was second with 5 inches on the ground.

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