February 19, 2018 02:40 PM
The wintry precipitation forecast for the Twin Cities has begun falling.
A mix of snow and sleet arrived Monday morning. And KSTP's Dave Dahl said 1-2 inches of snow are possible by late in the day. Roads and sidewalks in the Twin Cities are likely to get a good icing, which could impact the evening commute.
And Dahl said around 2-4 inches could fall in the metro by the time the snow tapers off by Tuesday afternoon.
Starting to see more crashes out there! This one is on 94 WB near Cedar Ave in Mpls. Three lanes blocked! Keep those speeds down with the changing weather conditions....https://t.co/2bXnWJs5hf pic.twitter.com/5vQXNXfYwe— KSTP Traffic (@kstptraffic) February 19, 2018
Already the snow was beginning to have an impact on the roads. Three lanes were blocked on Interstate 94 West in Minneapolis after a crash near Cedar Avenue Monday morning.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported a jackknifed semi on Interstate 35 West around 12:30 p.m.
#MSPNumbers Statewide 2/19/18 12am thru 10:30 am: 119 crashes (10 with injury, 0 serious or fatal) & 59 veh spin out/off road & 1 jackknifed semi.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) February 19, 2018
The state patrol reported a total of 119 crashes statewide from midnight Monday through 10:30 a.m. That included 10 with injuries, though none were reported to have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. There were also 59 reports of vehicle spinning out and/or going off the road and one report of a jackknifed semi.
It comes after a weekend in which the state patrol reported 394 property damage crashes and 62 personal injury crashes across the state. That included two that resulted in serious injuries and one that resulted in a fatality. There were also 208 reports of vehicle spinouts and 12 reports of vehicles off the road.
MnDOT sent its plows out to treat roads in the metro area just before 7 a.m. Monday. The department said the good news is that the temperature was high enough for regular road salt to work effectively.
A Winter Weather Update: Light freezing rain & wintry mix precip are occurring in Southern MN and parts of West Central WI this morning. We have received reports of ice accumulating on surfaces. Snow will continue in Central MN today. Please stay weather aware! #MNwx #WIwx pic.twitter.com/YyEiQZObkx— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) February 19, 2018
KSTP's Ken Barlow's forecast for Monday called for conditions to be windy and cold with a high of 24 degrees, though that was expected to come earlier in the day.
As of 8:30 AM, roads in SE MN are already becoming slick from light freezing rain. A few slide-offs have been reported! Conditions will gradually worsen throughout the day. If you must travel, use extreme caution and take it slow! #mnwx pic.twitter.com/4daUghhPwl— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) February 19, 2018
The light snow is likely to continue overnight when Barlow said another inch or so is possible. The low temperature is expected to be around 18.
And more light snow is expected to continue through Tuesday morning's commute, finally tapering toward noon. Another inch is possible.
Tuesday's high is expected to be around 22 with a low of 2.
The sun returns Wednesday, but Barlow said it is expected to remain cold. His forecast calls for a high of 20 and a low of 5.
Updated: February 19, 2018 02:40 PM
Created: February 19, 2018 09:23 AM
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