GALLERY: Plow drivers continue clearing roads, MSP records nearly 15″ of snow
Plow drivers continue to clear roads after an intense snowfall this week, but another dusting of snow is expected Thursday morning.
Over the past two days, 14.9 inches of snow fell at MSP making the winter storm the 14th largest ever recorded in the Twin Cities since records began in 1884, according to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow.
The snow is wet and heavy, making it less likely to drift but more difficult to shovel.
Temperatures are expected to be mild, with almost no wind throughout the day. Barlow says the day will start off cloudy, but sunny conditions are expected by late Thursday morning before fog and some haze moves in for the evening and nighttime hours. Roads will freeze over as temperatures drop to the single digits.
Several motorists found themselves in need of assistance the past few days, leading many tow crews to work overtime to help people stuck in the snow.
In St. Paul, city officials say there were 368 tickets issued during the night plow route phase of the snow emergency, and 118 vehicles were towed. In Minneapolis, city officials say 757 tickets were issued and 171 vehicles were towed.
Minnesota State Patrol reported 60 crashes across the state overnight, nine of which involved injuries. There were also 108 spin outs and 17 jackknifed semis. An additional 80 crashes were reported Thursday morning between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m., with five of those involving injuries. Five jackknifed semis were also reported during that time span.
From 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, State Patrol reported 42 crashes across the state, three of which had injuries, along with 112 vehicle spin outs and three jackknifed semis.
Snow emergencies are still in place in several cities. A full list can be found by CLICKING HERE.
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