Snow to fall through the night, road conditions worsen

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A round of wintry weather made its way through the Twin Cities Monday morning, and more widespread snow fell during the evening hours.

Road conditions for the evening rush were not too difficult, but worsened through the night as the snowfall intensified.

Check out MnDOT's 511 winter driving conditions here for the latest information (click the map to the right to be taken to the same page).

 (Photo: MnDOT 511 map)

(Photo: MnDOT 511 map)

WCCO reports dozens of schools, including some in the metro area, closed early and canceled evening activities ahead of the snowstorm that's expected to dump several more inches of wet, heavy snow in the southern two-thirds of the state over the next 24-48 hours, the National Weather Service says.

By the time the storm moves out, some communities could see up to a foot of snow.

West-central to south-central Minnesota is expected pick up the most snow with this storm – forecast models are showing the potential for 8-12 inches. That region is under a winter storm warning until Dec. 2 at midnight.

winter weather advisory is in effect for much of the remainder of the state, which could pick up another few inches of snow by the time the storm moves out.

About 6-8 inches of snow is possible in central to east-central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, while the Northland and west-central Wisconsin are expected to get slightly less – roughly 4-6 inches.

Freezing rain and sleet may also be mixed in with the snow Monday, which could make roads extra slippery, the National Weather Service notes.

Snow snarled the morning commute

By noon, 2.7 inches of snow had fallen at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, meteorologist D.J. Kayser tweeted, while 4 inches of snow fell near Blaine Monday morning, Kayser noted.

Snow blanketed roads in the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota, with many of them partially or completely covered throughout the morning commute.

The slippery conditions led to dozens of crashes and spinouts in the metro area.

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