March 05, 2018 06:00 PM
Snow finally moved into the Twin Cities metro area Monday afternoon, and KSTP's Dave Dahl said the storm is expected to drop anywhere from around 4 to 8 inches before it tapers off Tuesday morning.
The snow was expected to impact the commute Monday evening.
Already Monday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting moderate snow and low visibility around St. Cloud.
From midnight through 4:30 p.m. Monday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported a total of 168 crashes statewide, 18 with injuries, though none with serious injuries or fatalities. There were also 253 reports of vehicles spinning out or going off the road.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation was advising drivers to look out for a crash on Highway 169 South between West 166th Street and West 173rd Street in Jordan. The state patrol said one driver ran off the road to the right and a second vehicle stopped on the right shoulder to help. A third vehicle then lost control and struck the second in low visibility,
Two people were injured, but neither injury was considered life-threatening.
The bad weather resulted in nearly 100 flight cancellations and more than 150 delays at the Minneapolis airport as of mid-afternoon.
The storm is bringing rain, heavy snow and strong winds. No travel is advised in many areas of the Upper Midwest, including all of North Dakota. A 140-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in southeastern South Dakota is shut down due to the conditions.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department in west central Minnesota reported all county office buildings would close at 4 p.m. Monday, and that the county was advising no travel.
Metro Transit announced commuters who take the Northstar Link bus to St. Cloud had to be on board the Northstar train departing Target Field by 3:57 p.m. Monday. St. Cloud Metro Bus will operate just a single Northstar Link trip to St. Cloud Monday night. It was scheduled to depart Big Lake at 5 p.m.
Train service to Big Lake is expected to continue as scheduled. Those who need to arrange a ride from Big Lake will be allowed to wait inside the station in climate-controlled areas.
A winter storm warning in the metro area continues through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Dahl said a few spots in Central Minnesota could see closer to 8 to 10 inches before the storm finally winds down.
Dahl's forecast calls for temperatures to drop into the upper 20s overnight Monday, which he said is expected to keep the roads slick into the rush hour Tuesday morning.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
Updated: March 05, 2018 06:00 PM
Created: March 05, 2018 03:13 PM
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