Storm dumps up to 16" of snow on metro

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  • MINNEAPOLIS - The heaviest snowstorm to hit the region in two winters dumped heavy snow across a broad belt of Minnesota including the Twin Cities area, as well as parts of western Wisconsin.

    As of 8 p.m. Sunday, Lino Lakes and Forest Lake both had received 16 inches of snow.  Much of the rest of the metro area has seen anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of snow.

    The slow-moving storm has caused difficult driving and scores of mostly minor traffic accidents across much of Minnesota, highway closures in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, and flight cancellations and delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

    A blizzard warning is out for much of eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, while a winter storm warning is out for much of central and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

    The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports difficult driving conditions across much of the southern two-thirds of the state, with no travel advised and several highways closed in west-central Minnesota and southwestern Minnesota.

    The Minnesota State Patrol reported a total of 654 crashes by Monday morning. Sixty-seven of those crashes involved injuries.  One person was killed in a crash involving a semi on Highway 61 near Red Wing.

    To check out the latest snowfall reports from the National Weather Service, click here.

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