Wintry Precipitation Arrives in Twin Cities

February 19, 2018 02:40 PM

The wintry precipitation forecast for the Twin Cities has begun falling.

A mix of snow and sleet arrived Monday morning. And KSTP's Dave Dahl said 1-2 inches of snow are possible by late in the day. Roads and sidewalks in the Twin Cities are likely to get a good icing, which could impact the evening commute.


And Dahl said around 2-4 inches could fall in the metro by the time the snow tapers off by Tuesday afternoon. 

Already the snow was beginning to have an impact on the roads. Three lanes were blocked on Interstate 94 West in Minneapolis after a crash near Cedar Avenue Monday morning.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported a jackknifed semi on Interstate 35 West around 12:30 p.m.

The state patrol reported a total of 119 crashes statewide from midnight Monday through 10:30 a.m. That included 10 with injuries, though none were reported to have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. There were also 59 reports of vehicle spinning out and/or going off the road and one report of a jackknifed semi.

It comes after a weekend in which the state patrol reported 394 property damage crashes and 62 personal injury crashes across the state. That included two that resulted in serious injuries and one that resulted in a fatality. There were also 208 reports of vehicle spinouts and 12 reports of vehicles off the road.

MnDOT sent its plows out to treat roads in the metro area just before 7 a.m. Monday. The department said the good news is that the temperature was high enough for regular road salt to work effectively.

KSTP's Ken Barlow's forecast for Monday called for conditions to be windy and cold with a high of 24 degrees, though that was expected to come earlier in the day.

The light snow is likely to continue overnight when Barlow said another inch or so is possible. The low temperature is expected to be around 18.

And more light snow is expected to continue through Tuesday morning's commute, finally tapering toward noon. Another inch is possible.

Tuesday's high is expected to be around 22 with a low of 2.

The sun returns Wednesday, but Barlow said it is expected to remain cold. His forecast calls for a high of 20 and a low of 5.



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