Suddenly winterDouglas County residents got their first taste of winter Tuesday. And it was a bitter one.
By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press
Douglas County residents got their first taste of winter Tuesday.
And it was a bitter one.
The day started out cold and blustery, with a steady drizzle accompanied by a powerful wind strong enough to nearly knock you over.
A peak gust of 61 miles per hour was recorded in Alexandria at 5:14 p.m. The wind was so strong that a high wind advisory was issued for the county. It remained in effect until early Thursday morning.
The storm packed a greater punch in other parts of the region. Winter weather advisories were issued for Grant and Otter Tail counties.
Howling winds out of the west raged throughout Douglas County, knocking down some trees and branches. Power outages were also reported.
A few cars also slid into the ditch, either because of poor visibility or slick roadways.
The stormy weather also caused the siren alert system in Alexandria to malfunction. While the sirens were sounding and residents kept calling in to find out what was happening, Douglas County dispatchers tried to get the word out that there was no immediate danger, such as a tornado.
Aside from those storm-related problems, there were no serious injuries reported, according to local law enforcement.
Temperatures dipped low enough to form snowflakes and by evening, the snow began to accumulate.
The mix of rain and snow amounted to 1.29 inches of total precipitation in Alexandria, according to AccuWeather.com.
The outlook for this weekend is better, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid 40s
61 mph was the peak wind gust recorded in Alexandria Tuesday.