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No holiday for shovels and plows; snow emergencies declared

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Even if you were able to stay home from work on President's Day, it might be time to shovel out the ol' motor car and make way for the plows.

FOX 9 reports Minneapolis, St. Paul, and several other municipalities in the Twin Cities area have declared snow emergencies. FOX notes it's the sixth snow emergency of the season in Minneapolis, which doubles the number in a typical winter.

As WCCO reports, many of those observing the holiday at home were able to fire up their snow blowers right away as the flakes tapered off in the afternoon.

Even with fewer people making the morning commute, there were plenty of headaches on the roads Monday morning. The State Patrol responded to 157 crashes across Minnesota, with 22 of them involving injuries, KARE 11 reports. Snowfall totals reached 6 inches in the Twin Cities, the station says.

Blowing snow and poor visibility again made travel treacherous in southeastern Minnesota. The Transportation Department advised motorists to stay off the roads Monday unless absolutely necessary, KAAL reports.

On its way into Minnesota the storm caused power outages in South Dakota. KELO reports many businesses were in the dark for hours and supermarkets pulled perishable items off the shelves.

With the snow having passed into Wisconsin, the evening commute should be less eventful. The Transportation Department's real-time maps of road conditions showed traffic moving pretty well in the Twin Cities as rush hour began. But there were still a number of incidents on highways around the state.

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