It’s been nearly two days since a winter storm hit the Twin Cities and other parts of Minnesota, but driving conditions remain extremely difficult on many roads. Officials said there is some improvement in road conditions as of Saturday morning, but not much.
Huge snow drifts and blowing snow greeted many as they woke Friday, the day after a blizzard invaded southern Minnesota.
From side streets to major highways, it was slow going throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota no matter where you were headed on Friday. Many drivers struggled even getting onto the roads as they had to dig their cars out of the snow that fell overnight.
A fierce storm produced more than a foot of snow in some parts of Minnesota early Friday, where authorities advised against travel and schools closed, once again, during the long, grueling winter. And WCCO’s Mike Augustyniak said bitter cold temperatures moving back in aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Officials with Xcel Energy said crews are out in full force trying to restore power to thousands who had it knocked out late Thursday night after our latest winter blast. As of about 10 a.m. Friday, nearly 500 outages still have about 4,400 customers in Minnesota and 5,000 in Wisconsin.
After two days with highs in the 40s, a winter storm slammed into Minnesota Thursday, bringing blizzard conditions to the southern part of the state and threatening to dump well over 10 inches of snow overnight in the eastern-most counties.
Just after Minnesotans enjoyed the warmest temperatures they’ve felt all year, a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow Thursday in some counties, making travel hazardous for the afternoon commute and evening hours.
Attention, early morning commuters: A fast-moving storm system is set to impact the Twin Cities area overnight into midday Monday. That’ll make for a messy morning commute.
The Twin Cities was pounded by several inches of snow on Wednesday, and now cold temperatures and freezing wind chills are arriving behind it to mark an early arrival for winter. With that comes the increased danger for frostbite. It’s brutal, and even dangerous. We hear a lot about frostbite in the winter, and we wondered what exactly is it?
The unrelenting storm has spread about 2 feet of snow in northeastern Minnesota continued for a third day Wednesday. The heavy snow and ice has contributed to hundreds of traffic accidents around Minnesota and was cited by authorities in at least five fatal crashes since Monday.
Despite an army of plows out trying to clear the way, drivers found themselves crawling home during the evening rush. During Wednesday afternoon rush hour, commuters found a sea of tail lights no matter what route they tried to take home.
The ongoing snow event keeps on putting a snarl in everyone’s Wednesday plans, and many are going to have to find alternatives for overnight parking, as well. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared snow emergencies effective Wednesday at 9 p.m.
A storm expected to dump three to six inches in the Twin Cities metro and heavier snow in northern suburbs is good news for a business that is almost entirely dependent on weather.
Ahead of the expected winter storm, the Minnesota State Patrol is reminding drivers to buckle up and slow down Wednesday morning — or stay off the roads altogether.