Heavy Snow to Taper, but Tuesday AM Commute Will Be Slick

March 05, 2018 10:41 PM

The heaviest dose of March's first snowstorm will move out of the Twin Cities by midnight, but that doesn't mean it will be over.

Heavy snow will become lighter by about 11 p.m., said KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl. 


RELATED: Heavy Snow Falls on Commute as Winter Storm Arrives in Twin Cities

But below-freezing temperatures and the prospect of another half-inch or so of snow early Tuesday means the roads will be slick for the morning commute.

In anticipation, a growing list of mostly smaller school districts were reporting classes would start two hours late on Tuesday. Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools planned to announce by 5:30 a.m. the status of Tuesday classes, KSTP's Beth McDonough reports.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for much of the state, with the exception of north-central and northeastern Minnesota. By the time the storm passes, the Twin Cities will likely be under a fresh 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow. 

On Monday, schools closed and offices allowed employees to work from home as the metro awaited the first storm of March, which traveled in from the northwest. However, the snow didn't start falling heavily until late afternoon. 

Much of the state had already been pummeled. 

The Minnesota State Patrol reported 260 crashes and 434 vehicles that spun out or went off the road between 12 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. statewide Monday. None of the crashes involved a serious injury or fatality. Seventeen semitrailers had jackknifed, the State Patrol said.

Some arrivals to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport were delayed an average of two hours and nine minutes due to a traffic management program in effect at the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration posted shortly before 9 p.m.

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The Minnetonka Police Department tweeted before 9 p.m. that 1,653 customers were without power in Deephaven, Minnetonka and Wayzata, and that Xcel Energy had said power would be restored by 11:15 p.m. By 9:08 p.m., the energy provider said there were 33 outages affecting some 5,137 customers in the greater Twin Cities area. 

Meanwhile, snowfall totals varied around the state. By Monday evening, Menhaga and Bluffton had reported some of the highest snowfall amounts in the state, at 14 inches each, according to unofficial totals posted by the National Weather Service. 

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Lakeshore, north of Brainerd, reported 10 inches. St. Cloud had 9.2 inches by 6 p.m. 

By that time, MSP International had reported 2.5 inches. The highest reported snowfall totals in the metro were in the southern suburbs, where Prior Lake had 6.5 inches and Lakeville had 6, according to the National Weather Service.



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