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Update: Snow emergencies declared as Twin Cities gets half-a-foot

As many as 10 inches are expected by the end of Sunday.

Sunday, Noon.

A snow emergency has been declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul after a snow storm left as many as 10 inches of the white stuff in some parts of the metro and southeastern state.

The snow emergency starts at 9 p.m. Sunday and will remain in effect until 8 p.m. on Monday in Minneapolis, with drivers urged to check the snow season parking guide here to ensure they don't get towed.

Same goes in St. Paul, with night plow teams heading out from 9 p.m., more information here.

The State Patrol says there have been more than 500 snow-related crashes reported in the 24 hours to 9 a.m.

Sunday, 8:3o a.m.

Minnesotans are waking up to a blanket of snow, with the Twin Cities and southeast of the state the worst hit.

More than 6 inches of snow has been recorded in Chanhassen, the National Weather Service said, and by the end of the day, parts just south of the metro and in southeast Minnesota can expected up to 10 inches.

A winter storm watch is in place in these parts.

The Twin Cities has 4.4 inches as of 6 a.m., and it's making driving conditions difficult for everyone.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's map shows that roads across about two-thirds of the state are "completely covered" with snow (the pink roads).

State police have been calling on drivers to slow down and proceed with caution, after almost 300 crashes were reported on the roads during Saturday's (much lighter) snow.

The Twin Cities actually had a record amount of snow on Saturday, although that owes more to the fact that Dec. 10 has never had a decent snowfall before.

The two inches recorded at MSP is a record for Dec. 10, beating the previous 1.8 inch high. But if you look at the records for Dec. 9 and 11 (10.5 and 16.3 inches respectively), it's clear that the 10th is an anomaly.

In fact, it still has the lowest amount of snow in the Twin Cities for a single day in recorded history during the month of December.

Original story

There were hundreds of crashes Saturday as snow fell across most of the state.

The Minnesota State Patrol says there were 277 crashes between 9 a.m. and 8:40 p.m. With those, 34 people were injured. Luckily, none of the incidents have been fatal or serious.

The majority of those crashes – 220 of them – happened around the Twin Cities metro.

Snowy weekend

Snow started falling Saturday. Not a lot accumulated though. The National Weather Service says the Twin Cities had .8 inches of snow by 6 p.m. St. Cloud barely had .1 inches.

Southern parts of the state got much more.

The southern half of the state is expected to get a lot of snow by Sunday evening.

Parts of central Minnesota and around the Twin Cities are expected to see 3-6 inches. Areas south of that – like Rochester and Mankato – could see up to 8 inches.

Northern parts of the state aren't expected to get hit very hard this time around.

The exception is along the North Shore. Those areas could see up to 6 inches. Forecasters say snow will start developing there early Sunday morning. Winter weather advisories will go into affect after midnight.

The winter weather isn't over after Sunday. Starting Monday, sub-zero temps are going to hit the state. Those are expected to linger around at least for a week.

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