Snowstorm clobbers Upper Midwest and Northern Plains

Parts of South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota were digging out this morning  after high winds, frigid air and heavy snowfall pounded the Upper Midwest on Sunday.

Parts of Minnesota received more than a foot of snow, prompting the Minnesota Department of Transportation to close some highways due to blizzard conditions.

A record daily snowfall of 10.2 inches was set at Twin Cities, Minnesota, on Sunday, breaking the old daily record of 7.4 inches set in 1961.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 600 crashes by Monday morning, and at least 1,140 spinouts. One person was killed in a crash near Red Wing and injuries were reported in 63 other accidents, the patrol said.

The heaviest snowfall was reported in Sacred Heart, Minn., with more than 17.3 inches.

Bone-chilling winter temperatures were forecast to spread into much of the country in the early part of the week.

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