Snow makes for a nightmare commute, fatal crash reported


They were right. Another February winter storm is upon us.

It's not so much the amount of snow this winter storm brings, but the timing that's giving Minnesotans headaches.

Difficult driving conditions in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota have caused major morning traffic, spin-outs, school delays and closures.

Just before 8 a.m., a fatal crash was reported in Eagan on Hwy 13 south of I-494, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Few details were immediately available.

The National Weather Service says a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the metro, southern and west-central Minnesota until 6 p.m.

Metro-area cities have begun to declare snow emergencies, including St. Paul, Crystal, Mendota Heights, Plymouth and Robbinsdale, KSTP reports.

Local forecasters said a few inches were already on the ground Friday morning in the metro by the time the commute started. A few more inches are expected to fall this afternoon. The metro area is likely to get 5 to 6 inches of snow by the end of the day.

As of 8:30 a.m., only 55 percent of Metro Transit buses were running on schedule. The average delay is close to 10 minutes.

The weather has some flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport running behind as well.

Higher snow totals are expected south of the Twin Cities, where 4 to 5 inches were already on the ground as of Friday morning, KSTP reports.

Several districts closed schools including Jordan, Faribault, Owatonna, and Albert Lea.

Here are some MPR photos of the snow.

The Star Tribune says if the Twin Cities gets 4.8 inches, this would be one of the 10 snowiest Februarys on record.

Another storm may bring more snow Monday into Tuesday, but Paul Douglas says it could just miss us, tracking east of Minnesota.

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