MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Just when it seemed like we were almost done digging out from the last Minnesota storm, a two-headed snow Hydra rears its (their?) ugly head this week.

Monday’s snow was still falling as the Vikings and Bears took to the field at TCF Bank Stadium. But if the players looked quick on their feet, traffic had slowed down to a crawl around the metro area, if that.

The system was predicted to drop between 4 and 8 inches of snow on the Twin Cities. The snow was moving out of the metro area as of 6 p.m., but not before a number of communities declared snow emergencies.

Monday’s snowstorm thankfully skipped over the morning commute and began around noon. The snow showers began in the southwest part of the state and moved in, bringing a bit milder temperatures.

Meteorologist Chris Shaffer said 7.5 inches of snow fell on Madelia, and North Mankato got 6 inches of snow.

Most of the Twin Cities received closer to 4 inches than 8. Some communities like Eagan were measuring slightly less, standing at 3.3 inches as of 5 p.m.

So far this year, we’ve seen 34 inches of snow compared to about 40.7 inches last year. But it appears as though we’ll surpass that by Christmas Eve. In all, Shaffer said there has been trace snowfall or more on 14 of the 20 days so far this month.

The second storm will hit later this week and promises to make early holiday traveling a potentially dicey situation.

A later round of snow is expected for Thursday, with highs near 25 degrees. The forecast could change in terms of when that second snow will fall but if you have travel plans for the holidays, you may want to head out early. Tuesday and into Wednesday look to be the best for traveling this week.

Click here to see photos of Monday’s storm and share your own.

WCCO-TV’s Chris Shaffer Reports

Comments (17)
  1. jon says:

    whine, whine, whine
    People – It’s minnesota, Remember?
    It’s not 90 deg with an 80 deg dewpoint everyday!

  2. Nick says:

    I love Minnesota!! If you don’t like snow then why do you live here?

    1. Dale McKeen says:

      I don’t like the snow abt more, The taxes are worse,, therefore I am no loner a resident.

  3. Nedd says:

    Jon and Nick – Who is complaining?

    1. Jon says:

      “two-headed snow Hydra rears its ugly head this week”
      Most meteorologists tend to side with the faint of heart.
      It’s more “Politically correct”

      And see remarks from “Shoveling”

      1. Oy Vey says:

        Jon – go enjoy the snow rather than creating false complaints. Rearing it’s ugly head is a description to make the snow sound dramatic. Shoveling didn’t seem to be complaining to me…

    2. Oy Vey says:

      Agreed! I didn’t catch any complaints either

  4. Sandy says:

    Yes available at North American Art in St. Paul, (651) 776-8998. We will have it by Jan 15th.

  5. BOSSPLOWING says:


  6. Dan says:

    MN is great we handle snow with no problems. I have a daughter stuck in the airport in London over 3-4 inches of snow and 30 degree temps. talk about pathetic, it doesn’t even look like she will make it home by christmas. Every time someones tell me we should be more like the Europeans I will think of this

    1. KT says:

      London doesn’t get snow. Minnesota does get snow. Therein lies the problem. London isn’t prepared and can’t prepare for 3-4 inches of snow because it happens so rarely. Do you want them to keep hundreds of plows and de-icing machines on standby to use them once every five years? Not exactly a good use of resources or tax money. So while it may seem “pathetic” that 3-4 inches has paralyzed London, it makes complete sense. Next time there is three inches of snow in Atlanta or somewhere else in the south, take note. They have the exact same problems as London.

  7. dan says:

    London does get snow at least some evey year. Their airport does shut down every year. 1,000,000 people go through that airport every week. right now 100,000 people are stranded in the airport there with another 100.000 brits stranded throughout the world unable to get home. she was stuck on a plane for 7 hours sat on the runway, let off without even an offer of a hotel or a meal. She has been told she probably will be stuck there until the 26 or 27th after arriving there on the 17th. Where in America has this ever happened?????

    1. KT says:

      I’ve lived in London. Yes, they get snow 1-2 times a year but again, they are not equipped to handle it because of how rare it is. People have been stuck in the Denver airport for 3+ days….happened three years ago around the holidays. I know because I was supposed to fly there and couldn’t get on a flight for over a week due to the airport being closed and traffic back-up. That’s really terrible your daughter won’t make it home for Christmas but I find it amusing that you automatically go to the “this would never happen in America argument.”

  8. Cornwallis says:

    Bloody Damn Snow……………….Bollocks……………..

  9. Red says:

    At least we don’t have to hear people whine “We need snow, we NEED snow !!”
    We get snow and some number of people always die, therefore, we never NEED snow.

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