Weather affects Holiday Fest schedule

Mon 12-3-2018

People across southern Minnesota are digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season.

The National Weather Service says the storm dumped 11 inches of snow on Sherburn and near Lakefield as of Sunday morning. We had 9.5 inches at the KKOJ Studios in Jackson.  Winnebago reported 9 inches of snow, Mankato 8 inches and Caledonia 7. Minneapolis had nearly 3 inches.

Meteorologist Chris O'Brien at the weather service in Chanhassen says the snow band ended north of the Twin Cities.

Hundreds of crashes and spinouts were reported across Minnesota. The State Patrol says 191 crashes — none fatal — and 155 spinouts along with six jackknifed semis were reported statewide between noon and 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

This system caused many scheduled events around the area this weekend to be cancelled or postponed. 

In Jackson, many of the Holiday Festival activities were able to go on as scheduled.  The lighted parade and fireworks were postponed until this Saturday.  Parade will still be at 5:30pm with the fireworks at 6pm, and the Empty Bowl Fundraiser at the American Legion will be held from 11-1 on Sunday.

In Lakefield, the Light Up Lakefield event was postponed until this coming Sunday (Dec. 9).