Let it snow: Slick roads, school closures and a bit more accumulation


On tap for this morning after an overnight winter storm: A couple more inches of snow, some school closures, and a bad a.m. commute.

Hutchinson came in as the early snowfall leader, with reports of 11.3 inches hitting the city west of the metro. Measurements at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport came in at 5 inches; Duluth 6.5 inches.

The Duluth News Tribune says travel will be "difficult" in the northern Minnesota this morning – the region was hit with anywhere from 6-16 inches of fresh snow. In addition, Duluth, Superior, Proctor, Hermantown and Cloquet school districts canceled classes for Friday.

The paper says the 6.3 inches the Duluth airport received Thursday night into Friday put the season's snowfall total at 114.5 inches – making it the eighth-snowiest winter on record for the city.

You can see a full list of up-to-date snowfall reports from the National Weather Service here. Here's a sampling.

– Hutchinson: 11.3 inches
– Morgan: 8 inches
– Esko: 6 inches
– MSP Airport: 5 inches
– Cambridge: 3.9 inches
– Pipestone: 3.2 inches
– Brainerd: 2 inches
– Austin: 1.5 inches

The northwest corner of the state came out mostly unscathed. The southern shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin saw a lot of snow.

The threat of record-breaking snowfall even prompted the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Mankato to re-open its closed doors, the Mankato Free Press reports.

"It's the first time in my four years here that we've done this," Kyle Rollins, who operates the shelter, tells the paper. "Although one season, we stayed open until April 15 (because of weather)."

Mankato's most recent snowfall report to the National Weather Service came in at at 3 inches.

KARE 11 compiled a list of school closures or delays today. As of 6:15 a.m., 22 school districts had been declared closed – including Forest Lake area, Princeton schools and Trinity schools – and many more delayed by an hour or more.

Forecasters are predicting a bit more snow this morning, anywhere from 1-4 inches.

What's that mean for your commute? It may not be great. Kevin Gutknecht, a spokesperson for MnDOT, tweeted that roads in the southeast third of the state are in difficult condition. "Snow on roads. Ice underneath in some spots. Need to slow down," he wrote. He also issued a snowplow reminder.

Anticipating another 1-3 inches of snow, WCCO weather said the a.m. commute will be "awful," but the afternoon rush hour will be pretty clear.

MnDOT keeps live winter road conditions listed via an interactive map. You can click here to see that. Then click on a road or highway to zoom in.

In anticipation of delays or cancellations, MSP Airport tweeted an advance warning to check with your airline if you're flying there today. The website Flight Stats keeps a real-time recording of delays; as of late Thursday night MSP was listed as having "significant" delays.

Here's the National Weather Service's radar image and weather forecast for today (click the photo to enlarge and see more details).

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