Heavy snow that began late Monday is not showing any signs of letting up, as commuters battle both the current storm and remnants from the event one day earlier.
Sven Sundgaard says the heaviest snow will continue through about 9 a.m., leaving a total of about six inches across the Twin Cities metro, more as you travel east into Wisconsin. The snow will then taper off, but flurries are expected to continue through the day.
That much snow left MnDOT plows scrambling to keep up, and created conditions that left drivers heading to work at a crawl. The KARE 11 traffic maps were dominated by bright red, and Alicia Lewis commented on Sunrise that it was the worst morning commute she had witnessed this year. The MnDOT Traffic Twitter feed was littered with reports of incidents, but on this day spinouts outnumbered actual crashes.
Lewis said that motorists seem to be reacting to conditions, with speeds on major interstates and highways averaging 20 to 30 miles per hour, with things slower on side streets. In many communities across the metro plows won't get out until daylight, meaning the toughest task of the day may be just backing out of the driveway.
In fact, blocked side streets and sidewalks were the reason given by officials at the Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools for calling off class district-wide Tuesday. Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools decided to go on despite the snow totals.
For those reasons a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Twin Cities and parts of southwest Minnesota, with a Winter Storm Warning impacting the southeastern part of the state and most of Wisconsin.
The Minnesota State Patrol is reminding drivers that in these conditions visibility can be affected by blowing snow, and that lights should be left on at all times.
Snowfall will become much lighter through the morning with just very light snow showers and flurries this afternoon.
Tuesday's storm does look to be sliding east dropping the highest amounts to central Wisconsin which could easily add up to as foot of new snow. That would still mean that the metro could receive 4" to 6". Some places in the east metro could see up to 7".
Tomorrow brings some sun, and mild temps today and tomorrow will see highs in the 20s.
The good news is that the Thursday snow looks light with little or no accumulation. Temps drop heading into the weekend just a bit, into the teens.
It is too early to predict any amounts or track Thursday's storm but it looks like it is following the same track as Tuesday's.
Stay safe, drive slowly, and stay tuned for further updates from the KARE 11 meteorologists.
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