Snow Tapering, Expect Slow Monday Commute

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The bulk of the snow has already fallen, but high winds and continued light snow through the overnight hours will make for a slow Monday morning commute.

As of 9 p.m., Bloomington had reported the most snow, with 15 inches. Eden Prairie reported 14 inches, Menomonie, Wis. reported 12.5 inches, Carver and Maplewood reported 11 inches, Edina reported 10 inches, Woodbury reported 8.4 inches and Andover reported 5.5 inches.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for most of east-central and southern Minnesota. A blizzard warning is in effect for most of west-central Minnesota. Travel is still not recommended Sunday night across most of southern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin Sunday evening, as a large snow system is dropping snow at a rate of up to an inch an hour across the region.

WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer said the snow should continue to taper off Sunday evening and into Monday morning. He expected another 1-3 inches of new snow to fall overnight.

Expect your morning commute to take a bit longer Monday. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Monday is a federal holiday, so most government employees have the day off and many schools were already closed, lessening the amount of commuters on the roads.

Numerous delays and closings have already been reported for Monday. The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities won’t open until noon and Augsburg College, Macalester College, Metro State University, St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas are closed Monday.

So far, 6.8 inches had fallen at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. That breaks the old record for Feb. 20, which was 4.2 inches.

The snow is coming from a system that stretches from South Dakota all the way to New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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Flights Canceled

Melissa Scovronski, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport said more than 700 flights were canceled into and out of MSP Sunday.

Late Sunday evening, Delta said that it has already canceled 60 outgoing flights from MSP for Monday morning.

Traffic Conditions

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is recommending no travel for the southern half of the state due to high winds and heavy snow.

Lt. Eric Roseke, with the Minnesota State Patrol, said there were 323 crashes statewide from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with 238 of those in the metro area. There were 42 reported injuries, but no deaths. In addition he said there were 510 vehicles that spun out or went off the road and six semis that jackknifed.

Roeske said in addition, one squad car was hit and one trooper was also hit. That trooper sustained minor injuries.

MnDOT spokesperson, Kent Barnard, said that crews were well prepared. He said plow crews are grateful for the thaw that happened in February because it helped melt away some of the bigger snow piles on roads, which will make it easier to plow and store the snow.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is also advising no unnecessary travel. WisDOT said the high winds and freezing mix are making roads too slippery and some areas could become impassable.

Part of Interstate 90 near Eau Claire, Wis. was closed Sunday afternoon because of a multi-vehicle accident. The Wisconsin State Patrol has not said how many people were involved in that crash or how badly anyone was injured.

Closer To A Record

Sunday’s storm could push the Twin Cities closer to a record season for snow totals.

Trenda said the most snow that has ever fallen in a season is 98.6 inches back in the winter of 1983-84. WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said before the Sunday morning, snowfall totals were at 61.1 inches so far this season.

Watching The Metrodome

When we got this kind of extended snowfall in December, it brought down the Metrodome roof. Workers Sunday were fighting the snow by turning up the heat inside the Dome to 80-85 degrees.

Crews are monitoring the roof 24 hours a day, which is normal. If the snow does start to pile up, crews are ready to wash away the snow with hot water.

There are snow emergencies and event cancellations across the state, remember to call ahead to see if your plans are affected by the storm.

  • RJ

    Light Snow White Bear Lake 11 AM

  • louie

    You don’t deserve more offers because you are a complete moron! It is snowing at least 1 inch per hour right now and you would be the first one to sue the airlines if something happened to your plane; it’s all about safetly first not your convenience!

    • reagan

      You got it buddy, I sue for a living

      • JLD

        louie, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t go around calling people moron’s while acting like one; certainly you must be intelligent enough to know that just because it’s snowing at least an inch an hour where you live, doesn’t mean it’s the same in other parts of the state.

    • Paul Solinger

      Not sure where Reagan is, or where you are, but there has been hardly any snow up here in Sherburne County. Also, why do some people feel the need to shout names (moron) when they disagree with someone.?

  • Neille Sawyer

    I live 5 miles due east of the airport. The snow started falling here an hour ago. There is already over an inch of snowon the ground, so I rather doubt they are going to be as wrong this time as they have been in the past.

  • Anisha

    Its 11:15 am Sunday here in Shoreview. We are getting a snowfall. Our deck that was clear this am is now covered with a dusting of snow. A storm moving in. Think I’ll go out for a walk now, its so beautiful!

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    Boy, am I glad my relatives flew home yesterday!

    • gary

      super funny !!!

  • Jff

    The weather FORECAST is just that, a forecast. Scientific data trying to predict natural events, such as storms. I appreciate the cautionary stance by forecasters and airlines. They can’t just call off flights when snowflakes start! Planning 4 these cancels is huge!
    Whine on Reagan-

  • twnctyhustleboi

    1245 here in oakdale,the storm is now here it was comin down lite but now its picked up and really comin down! snow football is callin later minnesota!!

  • Joe

    Been snowing for 2 hours here in Maple Grove. Still light. Maybe 1/2 inch at the most.

  • Evilteddybear

    NO SNOw here. The day is half over My flight was cxl due to snow??!? Thx wcco!!!!

  • Rita

    Snowing here in Wisconsin since 11:00. Do not think we will get the 15 they predicted but have a good solid 5 right now.

    Think Spring!

    • Rita

      Wisconsin Update,…maybe 6.5 but that is all folks. But it is heavy and feels like March snow…just wishing it will melt as fast!

  • sgt

    Not a flake in site in Pine City.

  • Sandra

    Mound, MN/Lake Minnetonka. We have a solid 5″. More in the driveway/ sidewalks due to blowing/drifting. Ventured out to Walgreens & Cub this morning @ 11 am. There seems to be 6 – 8″ on the roads – not plowed yet. Slippery in some areas. Everybody taking it slow & easy. As of 2 pm, it’s just lightly snowing. Around 11 am, it was coming down pretty fast. Still windy.

  • Joe

    Update for Maple Grove area. Inch at the most. Snow is now flurries. Roads are just fine. 12-15 inches is very much in doubt for this area. Think they overstated this one.

  • no snow in west metro

    I agree; I think canceling flights (losing a ton of money) should only happen when the snow is actually falling, not before it has even started. I get they have to be proactive (for safety and what not) but let’s not make hasty decisions.

    • Melissa

      just because you people aren’t seeing any snow doesn’t mean the rest of MN isn’t. We only live like 15 minutes from the MSP airport and it has been blizzarding here all day, can’t see out our windows. so just because you guys aren’t in the grunt of it doesn’t mean that they are being hasty. it’s been down pouring with snow all day well early into the morning as well,..

    • sadie

      It started to snow in the west metro at 10:15am this morning, so I don’t know what you are talking about. We have shoveled 4 times already and the last time it was about 6 inches. I would rather be safe and have them cancel flights than risk it.

  • betty

    barely a coat on the ground here in osseo. not a chance of 2 inches here. but flight cancelled. Hard to believe that there is 6 inches in Mound 20 minutes away?? better get out your ruler there Sandra

  • Craig

    It’s 2:30 PM here in Anoka and we’ve received basically nothing – not even a dusting. We’re supposed to get over a foot out snow from this? I doubt we’ll even get enough to shovel.

    • michelle

      Yeah, I’m in Ramsey. No snow so far. I guess we’re going to dodge this bullet!

      • Kris

        Michelle, are You originally from So.Mpls?
        not much but a dusting here in Coor Rapids, but very, very windy

      • Kris

        Coon Rapids—ooops

  • ISKI

    Started in Bloomington at 9:40am. 2:39pm now and we have 4 inches. On schedule for a foot by midnight.

    • Bill

      UM, its not even snowing in Bloomington right now.

  • gary

    A few flakes here in Albany, but LOTS of WIND !! Went to the rink with the kids and could barely stay standing. Don’t think I will be driving to MSP tomorrow for work!

  • holt

    Reagan needs to switch his source of news to Fox where people share his slanted , tainted views of the world around him. Maybe then he wouldn’t find the need to post only negative things.

    • patty

      Honeltly Holt, I am out of state and I was enjoying reading everyone;s comments but yours. Uncalled for.

  • TCN

    No snow. Mounds View area

    • jimmy

      Sunday pm in Bloomington. Yet to see a single flake. Drove to Mpls, barely a dusting there. In Richfield drifts were higher than the car. Weird!!!

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  • Jake

    It hasn’t snowed a single flake here in Elk River as of 3 PM. Where’s the storm?

    • Y

      Apparently south of the Cities. It’s looking the north metro isn’t getting anything at all.

  • getaclue

    waiting……come on weather terrorist…..waiting….

  • NoSnow

    Only an estimated .80″ here in Champlin. Am ok with getting nothing out of this!

  • yvette

    no snow here in coon rapids, either. i guess that means my commute in the morning shouldn’t be a nightmare like i was expecting! glad your was wrong, wcco.

    • Geoff M.

      I’m in Ham Lake, still nothing yet! Looks like the north metro will be spared from this one. Woohoo!

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