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Twin Cities avoids big snow, but road conditions across the state are icy

The Northland got the worst of the snowfall, though all drivers need to watch for icy roads.

The worst of the overnight snow avoided the Twin Cities and southwest Minnesota – but people in the Northland are dealing with gusty winds, a few inches of snow, and possibly more on the way.

The highest snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service came along the North Dakota border and into the Iron Range.


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Hillsboro, North Dakota, got about 4.5 inches. Over in Minnesota Chisholm noted 6.6 inches, while Coleraine, Orr and Embarass all are dealing with 4-5 inches. Alexandria hit 3 inches.

Duluth has less than an inch as of about 6 a.m. Thursday, but more is expected to developed.

Snow will come to an end in central Minnesota (from Morris east through about Brainerd) Thursday morning, with totals there expected to be 1-2 inches, the National Weather Service says.

The entire southwest corner of the state and most of the Twin Cities (aside from a few spots in the northwest suburbs) will see less than an inch.

Southeastern Minnesota meanwhile is still in line for snow. The Weather Service says what had been rain is now turning to flakes. A band of snow will develop Thursday morning into the afternoon, and could drop 3-4 inches in and around Rochester.

Ice and blowing snow

Roads are icy just about everywhere in the state.

Those warm temps over the last few days that melted things? A plummet in temps has refrozen all of it. It's made driving Thursday morning difficult.

Expect a slower commute if you're heading to work, and remember to slow down while keeping extra space between yourself and other vehicles.

In the far northwest corner, gusty winds have MnDOT recommending that people avoid driving in the area because of bad visibility.

Here's a look at the real-time road conditions map across state highways.

  • Dark purple = don't travel there
  • Light purple = completely covered
  • Blue = patchy
  • Green = Normal

Here's the short version of all this, via the Wyoming, Minnesota, police department.

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