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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Snowfall left Minnesota to the southeast Saturday night as winds became stronger, making falling temperatures feel even colder.

At the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday night, only one runway was working. It would open for 30 minutes, then close for 30 minutes for plowing. Nearly all flights were canceled, so MSP provided cots for stranded passengers and employees.

Delta canceled all of its flights into or out of MSP Saturday and hopes to resume flying Sunday, scheduling additional fights to accommodate delayed travelers. Affected customers have already been re-booked and can find flight and weather waiver information on delta.com.

In addition to problems at the airport, Metro Transit suspended bus services Saturday evening and Hennepin County pulled all plows until 2 a.m.,or until it is safe. However, Hennepin County plows still plowed emergency routes leading to hospitals.

The Minnesota State Patrol said between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., troopers responded to 79 crashes involving property damage, 13 crashes with injuries and 392 instances of vehicles spinning or sliding off the road, but no fatal crashes.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advised no travel in the Twin Cities area Saturday evening, and closed Highway 50  between Highway 52 and Highway 20.

In southwestern, west central, central and northern Minnesota, a wind chill advisory is in effect until noon Sunday.

In west central Minnesota, a wind chill warning is also in effect until noon. For the southwestern part of the state, that will last until midnight Monday morning.

Southwestern Minnesota is also under a blizzard warning until 4 a.m. Sunday.

West of the Twin Cities, the warning will be in effect until 6 a.m. In south central Minnesota, 9 a.m.

Southeast Minnesota will be the last to clear, with a blizzard warning expiring at noon on Sunday.

Sunday morning, people woke up to below-zero temps for the first time this season with a predicted low of -9 degrees early in the morning. However, strong winds of 15-25 mph were expected to make it actually feel like -25 to -35 degrees. But there is a little good news.

“We will have some cold sunshine Sunday and a high of only 4,” said Trenda.

“It will be much easier to get around,” added WCCO-TV Meteorologist Chris Shaffer. “Cold again Monday and Tuesday before we start to warm up by midweek.”

Saturday evening, Regions Hospital said they’d treated six patients for injuries related to the storm, none of them serious. Two people had shortness of breath from working outside, one was hurt in a crash and three slipped and fell.

The last time the Twin Cities received a foot or more of snow from one storm was the blizzard that went from Feb. 28 through March 2, 2007, WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said.

WCCO TV’s Mike Fairbourne Reports

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