Blizzard blasts SE Minn., roads slick in Twin cities


Rochester and much of southeast Minnesota were socked by a snowstorm marching across the Midwest overnight Wednesday, on track to get about 10 inches by the time it is over Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

"Prepare now for significant blowing, drifting and white-out conditions. Road crews will not be able to keep up with the intense snow rates," the National Weather Service said in warning issued at 10:38 p.m. Wednesday. Winds could gust up to 40 mph, the Winona Daily News reports.

A number of schools in the southeast part of the state had delayed openings or were closed for Thursday, including in Rochester, Austin and Winona, local media reported there.

Driving is treacherous in the southeast part of the state. Roads will continue to become impassible and travel is not advised, KAAL in Austin reported.

The roads are slippery for Thursday morning's commute in the Twin Cities, too, MPR reports. The south and southeastern suburbs can expect 2 to 3 inches of snow as the storm grazes the metro, KARE 11 reports.

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