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Upper Midwest schoolchildren enjoy rare May snow day as storm drops up to 16 inches

  • Mike Gregg trudges through the snow Thursday morning in Austin, Minn., to walk his dog Jake. Heavy, wet snow impacted driving and all-around travel abruptly interrupting spring.  Winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow.  (AP Photo/Austin Daily Herald, Eric Johnson)

    Mike Gregg trudges through the snow Thursday morning in Austin, Minn., to walk his dog Jake. Heavy, wet snow impacted driving and all-around travel abruptly interrupting spring. Winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow. (AP Photo/Austin Daily Herald, Eric Johnson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Snow-laden tree branches bend over a parked car Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Austin, Minn.  Winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow.  (AP Photo/Austin Daily Herald, Eric Johnson)

    Snow-laden tree branches bend over a parked car Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Austin, Minn. Winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow. (AP Photo/Austin Daily Herald, Eric Johnson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Austin Police's Sgt. Joe Milli clears heavy snow off his police cruiser Thursday morning, May 2, 2013 behind the Law Enforcement Center in Austin, Minn. Winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow.  (AP Photo/Austin Daily Herald, Eric Johnson)

    Austin Police's Sgt. Joe Milli clears heavy snow off his police cruiser Thursday morning, May 2, 2013 behind the Law Enforcement Center in Austin, Minn. Winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota where residents are digging out of more than a foot of new snow. (AP Photo/Austin Daily Herald, Eric Johnson)  (The Associated Press)

Schoolchildren in Minnesota and Wisconsin are getting a rare May snow day after a storm dropped up to 16 inches of sticky snow on the Upper Midwest.

Bobbi Howe's two daughters had to stay home in the southeastern Minnesota city of Owatonna (oh-wuh-TAHN'-nah), where 15.5 inches of snow made it hard for the family to open their front door. Owatonna was one of dozens of school districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that canceled classes.

The Twin Cities were supposed to be in the bulls-eye but escaped unscathed when the storm tracked farther east than forecast.

But more than 16 inches of snow fell on Ashland in far northwestern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Patrol says that was a factor in a fatal crash between two semis on Interstate 94 near Menomonie.