Road conditions around Minnesota continue to improve as the blizzard that slammed the state Wednesday has exited the region, leaving behind wind-swept mounds of snow and the coldest air of the season.
There still aren't a ton of snow totals reported to the National Weather Service, which may be a factor of the strong winds – gusts over 50 mph Wednesday – made measuring snow extremely difficult, but the high point in Minnesota as of this writing is 9 inches in Maple Grove, followed by 8.8 inches at MSP Airport.
Here's a list of snow totals so far. You can check the National Weather Service for more, and we'll update this list as more reports funnel in.
9 inches - Maple Grove
8.8 inches - MSP Airport
8.7 inches - Richfield
8.2 inches - Chanhassen
7.6 inches - Silver Bay
7.5 inches - Carver
7.2 inches - Fridley
7 inches- St. Paul, Woodbury, Cambridge, Hastings
6.8 inches - Spring Lake
6 inches - Cloquet, Payne, Moose lake, Maple Plain, Owatonna, Red Wing
5.9 inches - Miesville
5 inches - Winthrop
5 inches - Duluth
4 inches - Windom Worthington, Fergus Falls
3.1 inches - St. Cloud
3 inches - Rochester
The snow totals in the metro fell within the 6-10 inches predicted by Novak Weather and the 8-12 inches forecast by Sven Sundgaard. The National Weather Service also pretty much nailed the forecast, while the computer models that were tossing out 12+ inches overdid the projection, which is likely due to it taking a little bit longer for rain and mixed precipitation to change to snow.
The winds Wednesday were also ferocious, gusting over 50 mph throughout the metro, including an incredible 66 mph gust measured at the Crystal airport.