Snowstorm snarls road, air travel; 17 inches fall in southwest

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Minnesota was socked with its biggest snowstorm in two winters Sunday. After forcing road closures in South Dakota, the storm swept through the middle of Minnesota into Wisconsin, leaving more than a foot of snow in its wake.

The brunt of the storm hit southwestern Minnesota, where the town of Sacred Heart reported more than 17 inches of snow.

Kandiyohi and Chippewa Counties were among areas where winds created whiteout conditions and snow plows were pulled off the roads until Monday morning. Authorities advised no travel.

Click here, for the latest weather radar images.

Click here, to check out the latest official snowfall observations across the Upper Midwest.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation also warned of difficult driving conditions across the southern two-thirds of the state and the Associated Press reported there were nearly 600 crashes.

The Star Tribune reported there was a fatal accident in Goodhue County that involved a semi.

Click here, for the latest road conditions across Minnesota. Metro Transit also has a winter weather update.

The Pioneer Press reports more than 150 flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Delta Air Lines is offering travelers affected by the storm the option to make changes to their flight schedules without incurring rebooking fees, according to a company news release.

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared a snow emergency. Fox 9 has a list of other cities with snow emergencies and parking bans. KARE-11 is tracking school closings and delays.

Watch some of the forecasts below:

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Fox 9 and Minnesota Public Radio are also tracking the first major winter storm of the season.

Check out the scene near the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis where the Vikings face the Bears Sunday afternoon.

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