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Light Snow to Taper Off in Time for Evening Commute

January 11, 2017 08:53 PM

While snow once again affected the morning commute for many Minnesotans on Wednesday, the evening commute is expected to be easier.

KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow says similar to the snow that fell Tuesday, the amount of accumulation would be fairly light. He added that the snow is more powdery that Tuesday's snow due to colder weather.

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The cities of St. Paul, West St. Paul and Minneapolis have declared snow emergencies.

In St. Paul at 9 p.m. Wednesday, all night plow routes will be plowed. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, the day plow routes will be cleared. Click here for more information from the city.

Parking restrictions in Minneapolis also start at 9 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, click here

Barlow says most of the state won't see more than two inches of snow accumulation Wednesday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were 201 crashes statewide from 5 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. Of those, 21 caused injuries. There were also 177 vehicle spinouts, the state patrol reports.

Better visibility than Tuesday is expected to make Wednesday's evening commute easier.

Snow during Tuesday's commute caused a number of crashes in the metro area and throughout the state. According to the Minnesota State patrol, there were at least 172 crashes, including 16 that hurt drivers. There were also 113 reported spinouts. Statewide, the state patrol reported 376 crashes, three of them fatal, which also hurt 37 drivers. A reported 453 vehicles spun out across the state.

Looking ahead, Barlow says temperatures are expected to stay in the single digits and the teens through Saturday.

Barlow says the coldest day of the week will likely be Friday, when morning temperatures will drop into the teens below zero. He adds that despite a sunny sky Friday afternoon, temperatures will continue to hover around zero degrees.

Find the latest weather updates here.

Take a look at road conditions here.

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Rebecca Omastiak

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