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

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Minnesota Department of Health files lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery

The Lakeville bar has been in the news for defying orders.

Iron Tap snowmobile delivery

This MN restaurant will deliver to your ice house... on a snowmobile

Just in case you work up an appetite fishing on Lake Waconia.

Klobuchar and Trump

Klobuchar reacts to report Trump plotted against his attorney general

The NYT story alleges further tactics to overturn the election.

snow, plow

Snowy Saturday: Here's how much snow is forecast in Minnesota

Snow will reach the metro area by the early afternoon.

Cam Talbot

Wild improve to 4-1 with victory over Dubnyk, Sharks

The 4-1 win gives the Wild four victories in five games to start the season.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice, Allina Health CEO found dead in Iowa

The 21-year-old was found dead in the parking lot of a sorority, according to police.

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.

coronavirus, masks, covid-19

Wisconsin Republicans aim to end governor's mask mandate

They've introduced a resolution to remove the governor's emergency powers.

Ted Schweich

Community group hopes to install billboard to get neighbor a kidney

A group called "Team Ted" aims to raise $5,000 to find their friend a kidney donor.

Andrew Palmer

Charges: Coach raped teenage girl on Minnesota basketball team

The 33-year-old head coach has been charged in connection to the alleged crimes.

Related

Twin Cities added to winter storm warning as large system nears

The storm will bring impacts to the entire state.

Twin Cities added to winter storm watch

Will this be a repeat of last year's April snowstorm?

Winter storm watch: A foot of snow possible in the Twin Cities

The snow is expected to bring heavy snow most of the day Friday.