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Winter storm rolls through central MN, gets late start in Twin Cities


Just a few days ago, the forecast looked difficult. Potentially 6 inches in the Twin Cities, hitting right as people were leaving for work, with more possible in the rest of the state.

As the weekend continued, the models kept shifting that total downward.

So Tuesday morning, with many expecting a big blast of snow for the a.m. commute, Twin Cities residents instead woke up and were greeted with ... nothing, really.

A storm that moved in overnight didn't intensify as expected, which is lowering anticipated snow totals throughout the state, KEYC says. That essentially led to a delay in when the snow hits.

It was supposed to fall during the morning rush. But as of 7 a.m., there were few – if any – flakes on the ground in the metro.

The Twin Cities is expected to pick up around 2 inches of snow Tuesday – it just might hit a bit later than everyone thought.

Around 7:15 a.m., reports of snow approaching the Twin Cities began coming in.

The Twin Cities and northeastern Minnesota are under a winter weather advisory – not a blizzard warning.

Still blizzard conditions in other areas

But that doesn't mean we're all in the clear.

Howling winds – the main worry with this storm – could create blizzard conditions in the Minnesota River Valley, reducing visibility even if areas only pick up an inch or two of snow, the news station notes.

Dozens of schools in western and central Minnesota were reporting closings or delays early Tuesday morning, according to KSTP and Valley News Live.

The blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service extends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday across an area from Morris and Marshall to Mankato and Albert Lea. Wind gusts over 40 mph could reduce visibility to zero and residents are advised to avoid travel.

Similarly, the Duluth News Tribune notes it's been weeks since the Northland saw a significant snowfall. North of the Twin Cities, including St. Cloud, Brainerd and up to Duluth, could see anywhere from 3-5 inches of snow, the National Weather Service says.

The morning commute? Not as bad as thought

Snow blanketed roads in St. Cloud and Little Falls ahead of the morning rush, while freezing drizzle made for slick roads in southeastern Minnesota.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, many roads in central and northern Minnesota were partially or completed covered in snow, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the southeastern portion of the state, which experienced freezing drizzle, was seeing ice-covered roads. (See map at left.)

School closings?

Reports of school closings began coming in around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

You can check out a number of stations for up-to-the-minute closings, including KARE 11, FOX 9, and WCCO.

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