MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Winter has officially made its presence in Minnesota after a snowstorm followed by bitter cold temperatures.
The National Weather Service expanded the winter storm warning to include most of southern Minnesota, with a winter storm advisory along the northern border, stretching up to central Minnesota and the southern edge of the Twin Cities. The warning and advisory are slated to be in effect until 1 a.m., with the storm expected to out of the state by 11 p.m.
Meteorologist Chris Shaffer said snow fall totals by early Friday evening in southern Minnesota were ranging between 6 inches and more than a foot. Much of the Twin Cities was shut out, with the heaviest snow was falling along Interstate 90. Double-digit wind speeds have also been hampering visibility.
As the storm makes its exit, arctic air will descend on Minnesota from the north. The majority of the state will be under a wind chill advisory or warning overnight. Air temperatures will feel as cold as minus-35 degrees in parts.
The Twin Cities metro could see its first subzero temperature reading of the year. If so, it will set a record for the latest subzero January temperature recorded in state history. Southeastern Minnesota will feel downright balmy to some, with highs expected in the high teens.
Flurries are forecasted for Sunday, but Monday may be the next time Minnesota sees more widespread snow.
The Minnesota State Patrol says there were 76 crashes between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., 10 of which involved injuries. Sixty-eight other vehicles went off roadways and needed assistance. Most of the accidents occurred in southeast Minnesota and the south Twin Cities metro.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported at least four crashes with snowplows Friday. They are stressing that drivers give plow drivers plenty of room when you see them.