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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — The sloppy, wintry mess that Minnesota has thus far mostly avoided has arrived, with many parts of the state seeing a nasty mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

The State Patrol reported 71 crashes in the Twin Cities metro area since 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, with nine of them involving injuries. Statewide, there were 84 crashes reported, with 19 involving injuries. No serious or fatal crashes were reported.

The winter mix was also snarling up public transportation. Metro Transit reported that, of 429 buses on 100 routes, they were operating at a rate of 49 percent on time. The average delay for buses was reportedly 8 minutes.

Xcel Energy is also reporting that 5,015 customers are experiencing outages as of 3:11 p.m. Due to the outages, a Lifetime Fitness in St. Louis Park has been temporarily closed.

The highest snow total reported in the state so far, according to WCCO meteorologist Lauren Casey, was in Alexandria, which reported 12 inches by Wednesday morning. Casey reported, “ice accumulation from freezing rain overnight in Waseca brought down a 10-inch diameter tree branch.”

Click here to see if the city you live in has declared a snow emergency

Meanwhile up north, the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are among the hundreds of schools that closed Wednesday as a late winter storm made travel difficult.

A storm warning is in effect for much of Minnesota, with the heaviest snow in central Minnesota. The National Weather Service predicted up to more than a foot of snow from Fergus Falls to Duluth by Wednesday afternoon.

The late winter storm has delivered more than a foot of snow to northern Wisconsin, closed dozens of schools and created treacherous driving conditions.

School districts throughout central and northern Wisconsin opted to keep children at home Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern and central regions of the Badger State.

Check back for the latest updates.

GALLERY: Your Wintry Snow Photos

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Comments (8)
  1. Mr.Yes says:

    Loving it but still hate the SUV’s looking me down

    1. Greg Looseanus says:

      I feel a little sloppy.

    2. Ruth says:

      I’m with you. SUVs need to BACK OFF and SLOW DOWN. Or, if possible, get around me.

  2. Kevin says:

    Monster? Really?

  3. hahaha says:

    yeah big bad snow & ice monster gonna get ya oh run for your lives…lol…where do they come from?

  4. insignificant says:

    Up here in Northern Wisconny it’s baeutifully white out…families are snowed in together…chocolate chip cookiesin the oven…THIS IS GREAT!

  5. Commonsense says:

    Yep the idiots are out in force – there are some people who think SUV’s are invincible – got news for you a SUV can go in the ditch just like everyone else – believe me as I seen quite a few thiis morning. I drive a 4X4 truck and we aren’t any better on the ice than anyone else – my ground clearance is better than a car so I have a little bit better manuverability, but all in all we just need to remember on days like today to slow down and give everyone plenty of room – if your in a hurry than you should have left sooner.

  6. Whats Next? Is the Sun really setting? says:

    So, snow in winter is news? Team coverage!! Yay! Get a life people.
    The meteor can’t hit soon enough.

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