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Heavy snow making travel difficult across southern Minnesota

Feb 09, 2020 07:28AM ● By Editor
A Minnesota Department of Transportation plow clears snow from Interstate 94-35E in downtown St. Paul on Sunday. Photo: Andrew Krueger | MPR News

By Andrew Krueger | MPR News - February 8, 2020

Travel remained hazardous across southern Minnesota late Sunday morning, as a fresh coating of snow led to a flurry of crashes and spinouts.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that freeways in the Twin Cities and highways across the rest of southern Minnesota remained snow-covered as of 11 a.m. Find updated Minnesota road conditions here.

Authorities advised no travel on several highways in southwestern Minnesota, west of Marshall and north of Pipestone — though the advisory area had been reduced significantly from earlier in the morning.

The Minnesota Capitol is blanketed with a fresh coating of snow
The Minnesota Capitol is blanketed with a fresh coating of snow on Sunday in St. Paul.  Photo: Andrew Krueger | MPR News

Some communities have seen a foot or more of snow. The National Weather Service received reports of 12.5 inches of snow at Lake Crystal and St. James, with a foot at Lynd, Minn., and 10.8 inches in North Mankato.

The southern Twin Cities metro area saw about a half-foot of snow, with 2 to 4 inches in the northern suburbs.

St. Paul and Minneapolis have declared snow emergencies.

Find details on Minneapolis snow emergency rules here.

Find details on St. Paul snow emergency rules here.

Drifting snow covers Minnesota Highway 19
Drifting snow covers Minnesota Highway 19 on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 near the South Dakota line outside of Hendricks, Minn.  Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Several other Minnesota communities also declared snow emergencies and parking restrictions, including Bloomington, St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Park, Robbinsdale, Eden Prairie and Mankato.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reported about 60 flight delays on Sunday morning, as crews worked to keep the runways clear of snow.

Winter storm warnings and advisories expire at noon for the Twin Cities, and continue into Sunday afternoon for parts of southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Northern Minnesota is expected to see only trace amounts of snow from this system.

A Green Line train cuts through the snow in downtown St Paul
A Green Line train cuts through the snow in downtown St. Paul on Sunday.
Photo: Andrew Krueger | MPR News

As of Saturday, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport had seen 35.9 inches of snow so far this winter — just one-tenth of an inch below normal. Rochester has received 33.8 inches of snow so far this winter, about an inch below normal.

It's much different to the north, where the Duluth airport has seen 77 inches of snow so far this winter — more than 20 inches above normal.


To read the original story and see more storm related reporting, follow this link to the MPR News website.  https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/02/08/winter-storm-warnings-advisories-in-effect-for-southern-min...

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