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Metro area to see 4-6 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon

Updated: January 17, 2020 10:25 PM

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A break in the winter storm lessened snowfall for the Twin Cities metro area Friday night, but snowfall is expected to resume overnight and into Saturday.

However, KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl said the amount of snow on the ground after the storm is done will be lower than initially expected.

Minnesota hunkers down, prepares for blizzard-like conditions

According to Dahl, the Twin Cities can expect 4-6 inches of snow by noon Saturday. Western Minnesota and areas farther north of the metro could see 6-8 inches, but blowing snow from strong winds will make for blizzard-like conditions in some areas, making travel conditions difficult at times Saturday.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for several counties in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin until 6 p.m. Saturday.

The storm Friday also likely contributed crash reports, with over 170 crashes reported Friday by the Minnesota State Patrol and dozens of other spinouts/vehicles off the road.

Several cities also issued snow emergencies. You can see that full list here.


Plows are at the ready as Minnesotans prepare for a winter snowstorm Friday into Saturday. 

Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said snow will fall more rapidly after noon Friday, with 3-6 inches possible by 6 p.m. in the metro. An additional 3-4 inches are expected Friday night into Saturday, Yuhas said.

Yuhas said, by noon Saturday, the Twin Cities could see 6-10 inches of snow, with higher amounts over 12 inches to the north of the metro. With significant wind gusts, blizzard conditions are possible Friday into Saturday in western Minnesota, including Alexandria, Hutchinson, Granite Falls, Marshall, Redwood Falls, Willmar, Worthington and New Ulm, Yuhas said.

Upper Midwest forecast: Snow begins to move in ahead of blizzard-like conditions

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, to go into effect at noon Friday and last until Saturday evening.

MnDOT reported 800 plow trucks across the state are preparing for the snow. Although, depending on how fast the snow falls, MnDOT says it could be challenging to keep up.

"This is a long storm, it looks like it's going be a statewide impact, so all 800 snowplows are ready to hit the roads, we've got twice the amount of operators for those snowplows that keep those plows on the road 24 hours a day, so operators will work 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day until all roads are back in the clear," Anne Meyer, with MnDOT Communications, said.

DPS offers winter storm prep, driving tips

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines have issued travel waivers due to the upcoming snowstorm in Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest.

Airline officials advised those traveling to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to check flight status frequently. 

Track travel updates here

Xcel Energy also reported it's preparing additional staff members to be ready in the event of increased power outages during the upcoming storm.

Company officials said customers can report outages via the Xcel Energy app, online, or by calling 1-800-895-1999.

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