A lake effect snowstorm is burying northeast Minnesota this morning

More than 500 crashes and spinouts had been reported as of Sunday evening.

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.

Next Up

scratch lottery ticket

State lottery: Don't give scratch-offs as gifts to minors

The Minnesota Lottery participates in an annual responsible gambling campaign focusing on underage lottery play during the holidays.

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota adds 2 more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

There will be 17 conditions that qualify people to obtain medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Matt Birk

Ex-Viking Matt Birk confirms interest in future run for governor

The next gubernatorial election in Minnesota is Nov. 8, 2022.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 10.59.59 AM

Handsome Hog in St. Paul to close temporarily

Executive chef Justin Sutherland cited inaction by state and federal leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dept. of Education adding more gender options when collecting student data

The public can comment on the implementation of the nonbinary gender options until Dec. 13.

police tape, crime scene

Police ID couple found dead in home, murder-suicide suspected

The bodies were found in St. Louis County after the pair failed to show for work.

State Capitol

Minnesota's budget forecast improves, shows $641M surplus for 2020-21

"Higher general fund revenues and lower expected spending result in a projected surplus," MMB said.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Brooklyn Park shooting leaves 2 injured

Two victims sustained non-life threatening injuries during the Monday evening incident.

Screen Shot 2019-10-14 at 10.38.01 PM

Worthington settles police brutality lawsuit for $590,000, agrees to reforms

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kelvin Francisco Rodriguez, who spent five days in the ICU after being arrested.

Michael Munoz

Rochester superintendent admits he plagiarized letter to staff

Med City Beat broke the story, prompting the superintendent to apologize.


A 'significant snowstorm' is heading to the Twin Cities

This past weekend's snow not enough for you? There's more on the way.

Screen Shot 2019-03-09 at 10.06.49 PM

Wet snowstorm leaves Minnesota a slushy mess

A thick blanket of heavy snow coated the state on Saturday.

Crashes, spinouts mounting ahead of PM commute in Twin Cities

As the snow started falling, reports of spinouts started coming in.

Ice, blowing snow cause more driving nightmares on I-94 and I-35

There have been several crashes and spinouts reported.

Snow, Hanley Falls

Another October snowstorm to hit Minnesota Thursday

This one has a bullseye on central Minnesota.

Sea smoke made Lake Superior look incredible this morning

Duluth is looking even more beautiful than usual on Tuesday morning.

Sea smoke made Lake Superior look incredible this morning

Duluth is looking even more beautiful than usual on Tuesday morning.