Travel in southern Minnesota will be difficult the rest of the night through early Sunday morning because of snow-covered roads and continuing snowfall.
MnDOT's road conditions map shows that all of the main roads - in addition to side and back roads - are fully or partially covered with snow. Pink on the map means roads are completely covered while blue represents partially covered roads. Green means roads are in pretty good shape, although they will be slushy throughout the metro.
Crashes and spinouts are also being reported all over southern Minnesota, as you can see in the map below with the pink diamonds representing crashes (as of 7 p.m.).
"Snow doesn't cause crashes. Poor decisions behind the wheel cause crashes," the Minnesota State Patrol said in a tweet Saturday night. "Increase your following distance and slow down. Turn on your headlights and buckle up!"
Driving conditions are unlikely to improve very much overnight because light snow will continue and winds gusting 30-40 mph will reduce visibilities.
Although snow will be lighter on a large scale basis, there could be pockets of heavier snow throughout the night, according to the National Weather Service, which adds:
"Periods of snow will continue over the southern third of Minnesota and west central Wisconsin into Sunday morning. Northeast winds gusting to 40 mph will also lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow."
When it's all said and done the Twin Cities should wind up with 3-5 inches while areas in the winter storm warning south of the metro will end up with 5-8 inches in most locations.