Snow accumulates in southern Minnesota as storm moves through

January 18, 2019 11:09 PM

Southern Minnesota received measurable amounts of snow after a system moved through the area Friday evening.

Because of the snow, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Waseca, Steele, Martin, Faribault, Freeborn, Olmsted, Mower, Fillmore and Houston counties. The warning is in effect until early Saturday morning. 

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A winter weather advisory was also issued for Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Rice, Scott and Sibley counties. 

Track the snow using KSTP's interactive radar 

According to the National Weather Service, as of 7:55 p.m., there were 11 inches of snow in Clarks Grove, 10 inches in Sherburn, 8.5 inches in Albert Lea, 8 inches in Amboy, 8 inches in Glenville, 6 inches in St. James, 4 inches in Mankato, 4 inches in Waseca and 1.5 inches in Prior Lake.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were a total of 76 crashes and 68 vehicles that went off the road statewide.

MnDOT reported at 9:30 p.m. that a majority of the roads in the southern portion of the state were either partially or completely covered with snow. 

MnDOT also reported at least three plows have been struck by vehicles. The department asks that motorists slow down and keep a safe distance between vehicles.

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