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Winter Storm Dumps as Much as 11 Inches in Twin Cities Metro; Knocks Out Power

Updated: 02/21/2014 4:45 PM
Created: 02/21/2014 1:35 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A snowstorm has dumped as much as 11 inches of sloppy and slippery snow across the Twin Cities, with the official total at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reaching 9.9 inches.

Downtown Minneapolis received more snow, recording 10.5 inches. Mounds View and White Bear Lake recorded between 9.2 and 9.4 inches.

In the south metro, Prior Lake received 9.5 inches, Lakeville got 9.1 and Faribault received 8 inches. In the west metro and Plymouth received 5.5 inches. 

In the northwest metro, Rogers had 11 inches, Monticello 6.8 inches and St. Cloud recorded 8.2 inches.

Weather Outlook

KSTP Meteorologist Ken Barlow says the accumulating snow is done across the Twin Cities, but winds and blowing snow will now be the main issue across all of southern Minnesota, although there still is some light snow across the area.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the Twin Cities metro and western Wisconsin; it expires at 3 p.m. Friday. The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for all of south-central and southeastern Minnesota.

Get your neighborhood forecast here.

Traffic

It has caused traffic problems throughout the morning, with over 400 crashes and 1,400 spin-outs reported since 2 p.m. Thursday.

The Minnesota State Patrol is telling everyone to stay off roads until conditions improve.

Governer Mark Dayton has issued an emergency order Friday, calling for the Minnesota National Guard to help with recovery and sheltering of stranded motorists in parts of central and southeastern Minnesota.

Power Outages

The snowfall also caused a massive power outage in the metro and the rest of Minnesota, along with western Wisconsin. About 60,000 homes were without power.

According to Xcel Energy, crews were working to restore service to an estimated 1,900 customers in Minnesota, including 900 in the east metro and 300 in the west metro Friday afternoon. 1,700 customers were still without power in Wisconsin.

Xcel Energy has extra crews on hand to help restore power. Xcel says some customers may remain without power until Saturday morning. Difficult weather conditions and poor roads continue to hamper efforts in some areas, according to Xcel energy.

Snow Emergencies

Minneapolis and St. Paul are among the list of cities that have declared snow emergencies. Due to the volume of snow that fell in Saint Paul over the last 24 hours, Day Plow Route plowing is taking longer than normal, according to the city.

Look here for the more information on snow emergencies in your area.

Send your winter storm photos to pics@KSTP.com. Please include your name and location.


Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
47°
70° | 50°
  • Feels like: 43° F
  • Wind: ESE 8mph
  • Humidity: 90%
  • Sat Abundant sunshine
    66° | 48°
  • Sun Partly cloudy
    71° | 50°
  • Mon A few clouds
    58° | 44°
  • Tue Mostly sunny
    50° | 35°

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