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Freezing rain, snow return Monday

Dec 29, 2019 02:31PM ● By Editor
Ice-covered roads causing multiple crashes shut down a stretch of Highway 169 south of Highway 55 early Saturday in Plymouth.  Photo: David Joles | Star Tribune via AP

From MPR News Staff - December 30, 2019

It's going to be another messy day across Minnesota. 

The winter storm that blasted the state over the weekend continues as snow returns and temperatures fall Monday.  

In the Twin Cities, light snow or flurries will develop, with some freezing drizzle possible in the morning. Up north, a wintry mix of drizzle, freezing drizzle and snow will change to all snow by afternoon, with on and off periods of heavy snow through evening. Falling temperatures will lead to refreeze by late afternoon. 

By the time it's all over, the Duluth area is expected to have an additional 2 to 5 inches of snow, while St. Cloud will see 2 to 3. The Twin Cities and Rochester area could see anywhere from 4 to 6 inches. 

The snow should begin to taper off Monday night, ending by Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities said. 

The Fargo-Moorhead region is forecasted to see some light snow, with accumulations of about an inch of new snowfall. 

Strong winds are also expected to develop and cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, particularly across western and southern Minnesota. 

A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight for portions of central and southeastern Minnesota. An advisory has also been posted until 6 p.m. for portions of eastern North Dakota. 

Over the weekend, icy roads and whiteout conditions made travel treacherous across Minnesota and parts of the Dakotas. 

As of Sunday night a no-travel advisory continued for parts of northwest Minnesota from Pelican Rapids and Detroit Lakes west to Moorhead and north to East Grand Forks. That included Interstate 94 from Moorhead to near Barnesville, U.S. Highway 10 from Moorhead to Hawley, U.S. Highway 75 between Moorhead and Crookston and U.S. Highway 2 between East Grand Forks and Erskine.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol closed Interstate 29 from South Dakota to the Canadian border. Interstate 94 also was closed from Bismarck to Fargo due to heavy snow and high winds.

In South Dakota, I-29 was closed from Watertown to the North Dakota border overnight into Monday, as was westbound Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Wall and eastbound I-90 from Rapid City to Mitchell. 

Saturday morning, freezing rain turned freeways and sidewalks into skating rinks across the Twin Cities and much of southern Minnesota, leading to hundreds of crashes, at least two involving fatalities.

Conditions were so bad that Metro Transit suspended bus service for several hours in the Twin Cities — the transit service’s first weather-related shutdown since 2011 — while the Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a no-travel advisory for the metro; it was lifted just after noon. 

Meanwhile, northern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota saw the worst of the snowfall, where totals exceeded a foot in some areas. A spotter in Mekinock, N.D., reported 18 inches of snow as of Sunday evening. The National Weather Service received reports of 13 inches of snow in several Minnesota communities — Bemidji, Bagley, Waskish, Climax and Elbow Lake.

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