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Storm dumps up to 15.5 inches in southeastern MN

Traffic camera facing I-94 at Osseo in Trempealeau County Traffic camera facing I-94 at Osseo in Trempealeau County

WEST CONCORD, Minn. (AP) - Officials are assessing the damage after the roof collapsed on a former auto dealership in southeastern Minnesota.

It happened in downtown West Concord, just off Highway 56 in Dodge County. At least half of the building's roof caved in Thursday, and roof panels and walls sagged under the weight of what the National Weather Service says is more than a foot of heavy, wet snow.

Law enforcement officials tell KARE-TV the collapse was almost certainly caused by the unseasonable spring storm.

The building is a former Jeep dealership. It's now used to store boats, cars, and other recreational vehicles. Authorities say it was unoccupied at the time and nobody was injured.

There was no immediate estimate on the damage to the structure or the vehicles inside.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WXOW) - The calendar has flipped to May, but winter has made a return appearance to southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of an unseasonable dump of wet heavy snow.

Students in more than 30 school districts are enjoying a rare snow day in May, while utility crews went to work early Thursday to restore power to more than 20,000 Xcel Energy customers.

The storm largely missed the Twin Cities, where only some eastern and southeastern suburbs got clipped. But the National Weather Service says the Owatonna area got up to 15.5 inches of snow, while Red Wing and Albert Lea got 10 inches, and Hastings and Farmington got more than 8 inches.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says travel is still not advised across much of southeastern Minnesota. Click here for our road conditions page. 

WXOW Daybreak Meteorologist Alex Kirchner says that up to six inches of snow is possible in the northern part of our viewing area.  Buffalo County is under a Winter Storm Warning.  Much of the rest of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.  Several districts in the area canceled classes or events due to the weather.

The slide show of images from the storm comes from our sister station KTTC in Rochester.

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