April 14, 2018 11:22 PM
KSTP Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell said heavy snow is expected to continue to fall across the metro overnight Saturday into Sunday.
Mitchell said the snow is expected to begin to lighten Sunday during the day, but will not completely taper off until early Monday morning
Because of the snow, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a number of Minnesota and Wisconsin Counties. Prior to that, the metro and surrounding counties were placed under a winter storm warning.
The Minnesota counties impacted by the blizzard warning include Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Carver, Dakota, Scott , Wright, Goodhue, Freeborn, Le Suer, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties. The Wisconsin counties impacted by the blizzard warnings include Pierce and St. Croix.
The blizzard warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Polk and Rusk counties in Wisconsin have been placed under a winter storm warning.
With winds up to 45 mph, white out conditions are expected in the areas placed under the blizzard warning. Travel is expected to be very dangerous.
As of 7 p.m. Saturday, a total of 10.1 inches of snow was reported at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to the NWS. By Saturday evening,13 inches were reported in Maple Plain, 13 inches were reported in St. Paul, and 15 inches were reported in northeast Minneapolis.
In southwest and south central Minnesota, MnDOT advised against travel in a number of counties.
Those counties include Le Sueur, Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood, Blue Earth, Sibley, Faribault, Waseca, Nicollet, Martin, Watonwan and Brown counties.
MnDOT said drivers in that area should wait to travel until conditions improve Sunday.
Meanwhile, Metro Transit reported Saturday afternoon that heavy traffic and snow were causing bus delays. Roughly 75 percent of its buses were delayed, with an average delay of 20 minutes, by 9 p.m. Saturday. Metro Transit also suspended service on the METRO Red Line from Mall of America to apple Valley until 8 a.m. Sunday.
State Patrol reported a total of 403 crashes as of 8:45 p.m. Saturday. There was also a total of 738 vehicle spinouts, or vehicles that went off the road.
#MSPNumbers Statewide Friday 12:01am through Saturday 8:45pm: 403 crashes (47 with injury, 2 serious-Brainerd, St. Cloud, 1 fatal-Medina) & 738 veh spin out/off the road & 16 jackknifed semis. Next update Sunday 10am. Road closures at https://t.co/4YLuvaEkPO.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) April 15, 2018
A number of metro cities also issued snow emergencies, including St. Paul, Bloomington, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley, Richfield and West St. Paul.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport halted flights Saturday afternoon due to a lack of visibility. Around 11 p.m. Saturday, airport officials said crews were able to clear one runway, allowing the remaining flight of the day to depart.
Crews were able to clear a runway to allow today’s last remaining flight to depart, and will continue to work overnight to prepare for tomorrow’s operations.— MSP Airport (@mspairport) April 15, 2018
By the end of the snowfall, Mitchell said some areas in the Twin Cities could see up to a foot-and-a-half of snow. Because of the weekend's snow, she said 2018 now holds the record for the second snowiest April.
Updated: April 14, 2018 11:22 PM
Created: April 14, 2018 02:43 PM
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