Last week, Southeast Minnesota was again faced with a week of below normal temperatures plus the insult of snow in May!

Spring Grove, Caledonia, Mabel and Canton were spared the brunt of the storm last Thursday and Friday that tracked north, hitting a narrow band that included Spring Valley, Rochester and up to the Cities.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advised no unnecessary travel in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties, due to heavy snow and reduced visibility last Thursday bring spring planting to a standstill, which basically began just a few days earlier.

The record for snowfall for the entire month of May was two inches, but several cities received more than a foot of wet, heavy snow. At the high end, according to National Weather Service totals updated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, was Dodge Center at 17.2 inches. Rochester was blanketed with 16.6 inches and 15.3 in. at the Rochester airport.

In all, about 33 weather stations in a seven-county area of southeastern Minnesota reported 10 or more inches of snow through Friday.

Most schools north and east of Mabel-Canton were closed for the day on Thursday and/or Friday (or both days) disrupting more spring sports schedules in an already shortened season.

Fillmore County totals were: Spring Valley 12.9 in., Pilot Mound 11.9 in, Lanesboro 8 in., Chatfield 8 in., Preston 8 in., Peterson 7.2 in. and Harmony 2.5 in.

In Houston County, the total for Spring Grove was 3.1 in. while La Crescent only saw 1.8 in.

The snow was falling at about an inch an hour. It was wet and heavy, causing power lines in the area to go down, although none in the city of Spring Valley.

The snow let up in intensity overnight, but continued into the morning when it turned to rain. The rain continued all day Friday.

Saturday's temps warmed up nicely melting most of the snow quite quickly. Everyone's fingers are crossed for warmer temperatures, less rain and NO MORE SNOW!