No Picnic: Freezing Rain, Snow to Disrupt Morning Commute

February 19, 2018 10:51 PM

A second round of mixed precipitation taking aim at the Twin Cities is expected to begin falling overnight Monday into Tuesday, just in time to impact the a.m. commute.

KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl says freezing fog and mist Monday night will give way to freezing rain, sleet and snow that could arrive between 4:30 and 6 a.m. Tuesday. 


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The Twin Cities remains in a winter weather advisory, though the National Weather Service scaled it back to expiring at noon Tuesday rather than the initial expiration of Tuesday evening.

Tuesday's morning commute follows a day in which the State Patrol reported 388 crashes statewide – including one fatal and 35 involving non-serious injuries – and 244 vehicles that spun out and/or went off the road. Seven semitrailers jackknifed, the State Patrol said. 

The fatal crash occurred along Highway 61 near Brighton Beach in Duluth just before 3:30 p.m., according to the State Patrol incident report, though further information was not immediately available. 

Authorities in Anoka County reported a second fatal crash on Monday night in Ham Lake. Anoka County sheriff Cmdr. Paul Sommer said one person was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Lexington Avenue near 143rd Lane Northeast. Three people required extraction from vehicles, he said. 

Meanwhile, the temperatures Tuesday morning won't help.

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Dahl says that temps in the high teens by the time the heavier precipitation arrives Tuesday morning will exacerbate the slippery conditions. 

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At the same time, the combination of freezing rain and snow means the metro won't have quite as much to shovel. By the time it's done falling, Dahl says, the Twin Cities might have received between 2-4 inches of snow from Monday morning through Tuesday. 


Michael Oakes

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