Snow piling up across parts of Minnesota

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Spring in Minnesota doesn't mean the end of winter, and although it took a bit longer to arrive some heavy snow moved in to central and southern Minnesota Sunday evening, making driving difficult and causing dozens of car accidents.

Some areas of southern Minnesota had already gotten more than six inches of snow by early Sunday night, WCCO reports. The heaviest snow hit the Twin Cites metro around 6 p.m. at a rate of around two inches per hour.

Between 12 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., there were 164 crashes statewide, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Of those, 20 involved injuries and there were no fatal or serious injury accidents. Another 191 vehicles spun out or ran off the road.

The National Weather Service forecast says southeastern Minnesota will likely see the most snow, and as a result a winter storm warning is in effect for that part of the state until 4 a.m. Monday (shown in pink on the map).

Elsewhere, lower amounts are likely, mainly south of Interstate 94 in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The purple areas on the map above are under a winter weather advisory until 1 a.m. Monday.

Depending on how much snow actually falls, this could be the biggest snowfall in the Twin Cities this winter, the Star Tribune reports. The metro has only received 27.2 inches of snow, with the biggest snowfall of 4.2 inches falling Dec. 26-27, the newspaper says.

Track snowfall totals on the National Weather Service's website here.

The week ahead

Temperatures Monday in the Twin Cities are expected to be around 38 degrees, which will help melt the snow before another system pushes through the area Tuesday night and Wednesday, the weather service notes.

This second storm system will bring Tuesday, but could changeover to snow at night, the weather service says. The high Tuesday will be around 45 degrees in the Twin Cities.

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