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A lake effect snowstorm is burying northeast Minnesota this morning

More than 500 crashes and spinouts had been reported as of Sunday evening.
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The snow is tapering off Monday morning, but it caused problems for drivers on Sunday with state troopers reporting hundreds of crashes across the state, most of them in the metro area.

Much of the state was blanketed with the storm that started Sunday afternoon, and by early evening several inches had fallen – with Madelia getting the heaviest snow in the southern half of the state with 9.5 inches recorded.

But the snow is heavier in northeast Minnesota thanks to a lake effect snowstorm from over Lake Superior. More than seven inches has been reported already, with Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth already had 13 inches recorded as of 5:30 a.m.

This snow is expected to continue this morning, albeit shifting south, and should decrease in intensity by early afternoon, though an extra 5 inches could fall in parts during Monday. It will continue to hit northern Wisconsin on Tuesday.

A lake effect snow warning remains in place till 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.

In the Twin Cities, 3.4 inches were recorded at MSP Airport, making it the heaviest snowfall in the metro area since Dec. 16, according to the National Weather Service.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that as of 8:30 p.m. Sunday there had been 384 crashes across the state, resulting in injuries to 50 people – none of them injured, meanwhile 142 cars spun off the road.

Although it didn't get as much snow, there were 227 crashes in the Twin Cities metro – with 25 injuries, as well as 59 vehicles spinning out. It included a multiple vehicle crash on 694 and University.

The commute in the Twin Cities Monday could be messy, with roads across the metro partially covered by snow.

The State Patrol is expected to release updated figures Monday morning.

Looking further ahead, the next couple days will stay pretty cold in the Twin Cities, but from Thursday onwards it should warm up, with temperatures in the mid to high 40s expected.

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