Snow emergencies declared in St. Paul, Minneapolis; foot of snow reported at MSP

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Snow continues to fall across the region Wednesday, with multiple inches of additional fresh powder expected by the end of the day after the area received about half a foot of snow in some places Tuesday.

While Tuesday’s snowfall came all at once, Wednesday’s snowfall is expected to be a longer event, according to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow. He says another 2-4″ of snow is expected by Wednesday evening, and snow will taper off towards Thursday morning. An additional 1-2″ may fall Wednesday night and into Thursday. CLICK HERE for the latest forecast and HERE for an interactive radar.

The overnight snowfall has caused headaches for early morning drivers, including a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew who was out checking road conditions for the morning newscast. You can find an interactive traffic map lower in this article, and find traffic reporter Hanna Conway’s Twitter feed by CLICKING HERE.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota State Patrol says troopers responded to nearly 70 crashes across the entire state from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Those are in addition to 151 vehicle spinouts and three jackknifed semis. The day before, the agency reported from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., there was a total of 157 crashes statewide, with eight having injuries and one being fatal. There were an additional 653 spinouts and 10 jackknifed semis.

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Hundreds of school districts are modifying hours, including Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Schools, which will have e-learning days Wednesday. A full list of school delays and closures can be found by CLICKING HERE.

In Dakota County, roughly 3,000 customers are without power, according to an online outage tracker.

Multiple cities have issued snow emergencies, including Minneapolis and St. Paul. A full list can be found by CLICKING HERE.

The City of St. Paul declared a snow emergency shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. It takes effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday for night plow routes. Day plow routes will be plowed starting at 8 a.m. Thursday. In addition, city officials say Eureka Recyling is delaying pickup on St. Paul collection routes by one day.

The City of Minneapolis declared a snow emergency shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. No parking will be allowed on either side of a snow emergency route starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday, or the street is fully plowed.

Meanwhile, no parking is allowed on the even numbered side of a non-snow emergency route starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed. In addition, there will be no parking on either side of a parkway until 8 p.m. or it is fully plowed.

City officials say there won’t be any parking on the odd-numbered side of a non-snow emergency route until 8 p.m. or it is fully plowed starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

Minneapolis officials also said waste and recycling has been suspended for the rest of the day due to driving conditions, adding, collections will continue Thursday. Citizens are reminded to shovel out the carts and bins so they can be collected.

Minneapolis officials said late Tuesday afternoon more than three dozen pieces of equipment had been working on streets and bike lanes Tuesday and would work during the overnight hours with the city’s night crews. Plows would then move to residential streets as conditions improved.

At 7:45 a.m., Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) reported nearly 100 flights had been canceled so far, in addition to more than three dozen delays. CLICK HERE for flight information at MSP.

As of 8:30 a.m., 10″ of snow had fallen at MSP. A list of snowfall amounts can be found below. Keep in mind additional snowfall is expected throughout the day and evening hours on Wednesday.

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  • Apple Valley – 12″
  • Burnsville – 12″
  • Savage – 11.6″
  • Woodbury – 11.4″
  • St. Paul – 11.1″
  • Mendota Heights – 11.1″
  • Windom – 11″
  • Falcon Heights – 11″
  • Coon Rapids – 11″
  • Stillwater – 11″
  • Richfield – 10.8″
  • Pleasant Lake – 10.6″
  • Columbia Heights – 10.5″
  • Minneapolis – 10.5″
  • Chanhassen – 10.5″
  • Victoria – 10.5″

Metro Transit said at 9 a.m. 41% of the buses were delayed by about 11 minutes, but the light rail wasn’t experiencing any weather-related delays. In addition, routes 68M and 294 are on a snow detour. The percentage of buses experiencing delays has grown throughout the morning – at 6:15 a.m., the agency said more than a quarter of its buses were delayed, with an average delay of about five minutes.