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Flakes taper off, road conditions improving after snowstorm

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The snow came down, dropping more than half a foot in parts of southern Minnesota and around the Twin Cities on Monday into Tuesday.

Snow amounts ranged from a few inches of snow to more than a foot in southern Minnesota.

Mapleton in Blue Earth County reportedly picked up 12.5 inches of snow as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, while Winnebago tallied 9.6 inches, the National Weather Service's website shows. (Click here for a map and here for a list of snowfall reports.)

Snow began to taper off Tuesday morning, which prompted the National Weather Service to cancel a winter storm warning for the Twin Cities metro early. However, a warning remained in effect for south-central and east-central Minnesota, mainly along a line from Mankato to Faribault, over to Ellsworth, Wisconsin, until 6 p.m.

That area was expected to receive another 1-3 inches by Tuesday evening, the weather service says. Combined with Monday's snow, total snowfall in the warning area could reach 6-13 inches.

Some roads still covered in snow

Heavy snow overnight made roads slippery for the Tuesday morning commute, but conditions had improved quite a bit by Tuesday evening.

Roads in western and southern Minnesota are still partially covered in snow (blue on map below) as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, but they're mostly clear in the Twin Cities, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website.

The State Patrol said from 1 p.m. Monday through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday there were 350 crashes and 301 vehicles off the road/spinouts reported – 33 incidents resulted in injury, though none were serious or fatal.

The Star Tribune reports Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport had to cancel some flights Tuesday morning, and so did Rochester International Airport, KTTC notes.

Several cities, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Mankato, have declared snow emergencies. Check your city's website before parking to make sure you won't be towed.

Here's a look at the upcoming forecast:

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