Twin Cities Residents Dig Out Friday, Next Round of Snow to Move in Saturday

February 23, 2018 02:54 PM

Twin Cities residents might not want to put their shovels away quite yet.

A winter storm watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday for the following counties:


Anoka, Barron, Benton, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Dakota, Dunn, Eau Claire, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Ramsey, Rice, Rusk, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Croix, Stearns, Steele, Washington, and Wright.

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The new round of snow expected Saturday follows a snowstorm that left significant accumulation Thursday night into Friday.

The National Weather Service reports the Twin Cities received roughly 5.6 inches of snow by 6 a.m.

As a result of the significant snow accumulation, a snow emergency has been declared in both Minneapolis and St.  Paul.

In Minneapolis, parking is not allowed on either side of a snow emergency route from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday, or until the street is fully plowed.

Parking will not be allowed on the even numbered side of non-snow emergency routes, or on either side of a street, from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Saturday, or until that side of the street is completely plowed. Parking will not be allowed on the odd-numbered side of a non-snow emergency route from 8 a.m. Sunday through 8 p.m. Sunday, or until that side of the street is fully plowed.

In St. Paul, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, all night plow routes will be plowed. That includes all arterial or main streets with posted "night plow route" signs, and one side of all north-south residential streets with posted "night plow route-this side of street" signs.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, all day plow routes will be plowed. That includes all non-posted east-west residential streets and the non-posted side of north-south residential streets.

Other cities that have declared snow emergencies include Bloomington, Crystal, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale and West St. Paul. St. Louis Park ended its snow emergency Friday afternoon.

Find your city's snow emergency information here.

Snow also made for slick driving conditions Friday morning.

The state patrol reported 137 crashes statewide from midnight to 11 a.m. Friday, 27 of which resulted in injuries, though none with serious injuries or fatalities. There were also 193 reports of vehicles spinning out and/or going off the road.


Rebecca Omastiak

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