Photos: Minnesota turns snowy, slushy, wet as winter storm hits


Children play on a snow bank in Brainerd.
1 Children play on a snow bank near 4th and Washington streets in Brainerd, Minn., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. 
Tyler Winkka shovels the roof of the Fusion dance studio in Bemidji
2 Tyler Winkka shovels the roof of the Fusion dance studio in Bemidji, Minn., Thursday. He says he doesn't mind the work. "It brings out my inner child." 
A pedestrian crosses Fifth Street at Sibley Street in St. Paul
3 Leave the boots at home and break out the umbrella in the Twin Cities. A pedestrian crosses Fifth Street at Sibley Street near Mears Park in St. Paul Thursday. 
Fresh snowfall in Moorhead, Minn.
4 Moorhead, Minn., is waking up to a fresh coat of snow Thursday. 
The grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol are covered in slushy, wet snow.
5 The grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol are covered in slushy, wet snow Thursday. The winter storm could dump as much as a foot of snow in northern Minnesota. 
People in Bemidji saw seven new inches of new snow.
6 People in Bemidji saw seven new inches of new snow Thursday morning, with more coming down. 
A snowy scene near Fort Ripley, Minn.
7 A snowy scene near Fort Ripley, Minn., Thursday morning. Travel was reportedly not too bad on major roads in the Brainerd area. But side roads proved a little more problematic, said MPR News editor Andrew Krueger. 
A snowy view along Highway 371 in Baxter
8 A snowy view along Highway 371 in Baxter, Minn. 
Plows try to keep roads clear in Moorhead
9 Plows try to keep roads clear in Moorhead as strong winds whip snow into drifts Thursday. 
Wind reduces visibility just outside Moorhead.
10 Wind reduces visibility just outside Moorhead during the winter snowstorm. The northwest region of Minnesota and the Dakotas were under a blizzard storm warning from the National Weather Service.