Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Residents of Rochester and southeast Minnesota are once again digging out from a winter storm. 

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The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Rochester area that began at noon on Thursday and expired at 6 a.m. on Friday. The initial forecast called for 4-6 inches of snowfall for Rochester. 

Unofficial snow totals collected by the National Weather Service indicate Rochester saw between 3.5-45 inches of snow.  The highest snowfall report in Olmsted County was recorded east of Rochester in the town of Chester, which saw 5.5 inches. Stewartville also picked up five inches of new snow. Officials are reporting 4 inches of new snow in Austin

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Spring Grove got the most snow in Houston County, picking up 5.5 inches, Mable saw the most snow among Fillmore County communities, picking up 4 inches, while Mantorville led Dodge County with 2.5 inches of snow. The snow totals across southeast Minnesota, northern Iowa and southwest Wisconsin range from 2-5.5 inches. 

MnDOT snow plows are clearing the new snow from the area's major roadways, which are described as partially or completely covered with snow as of Friday morning. 

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The State Patrol reported 66 crashes and 74 spinouts between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. statewide. Four of the crashes involved injury and one crash that occurred in Mower County was fatal

Several area school districts have adjusted their Friday class schedule due to the new snowfall. For the latest closing and delay information, along with real-time road conditions visit the KROC News App

Better Names Than "Olive" For Minnesota's Epic Winter Storm

February 22nd and 23rd in 2023 are dates to remember as the time Mother Nature got ticked off at Minnesota. I'm not sure what we did but kids were out of school for days, roads closed, driveways drifted over, and the mad rush to grab last-minute items were the norm.

The name for the storm given by the National Weather Service was "Olive". I thought that name was a bit lame for a storm as massive as we saw so I asked around to see if anyone had a better idea for a name. And boy, they did!

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