Snow makes for a nightmare commute, fatal crash reported

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Antoine Winfield Jr.

Watch: Gopher alums Antoine Winfield Jr., Tyler Johnson make key plays in Bucs' playoff win

The Minnesota greats had a pair of highlights as Tampa Bay advanced to the NFC Championship.

Er-hgw7XYAQup5n

Crews respond to fire at Gertens in Inver Grove Heights

It's reported that a greenhouse on the grounds was on fire.

Marcus Carr

Why the Gophers could be in line for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament

The Gophers are done with a brutal stretch and are poised to make a run.

police tape

Authorities ID man fatally struck by 'errant bullet' in Willmar

The man was working in his garage when he was fatally shot.

ambulance

1 dead, 1 critically injured in head-on crash on Highway 169

The State Patrol says driving impaired may have been a factor in the crash.

Richard Pitino

Gophers game against Nebraska postponed due to COVID outbreak

The Cornhuskers have had 12 members of its team test positive for COVID-19.

Bob Kroll

What Minneapolis Police Lt. Bob Kroll said in Sunday radio interview

Kroll said that once he's retired he'll go "radio silent."

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for Sunday, January 17

The health department provides updates daily at 11 a.m.

Sen. Julia Coleman

'No one's business': State senator calls out attack on her pregnancy

Sen. Julia Coleman represents Minnesota's District 47.

Willmar Police Department

'Errant bullet' goes through garage wall, kills Willmar man

The man was working in his garage when he was shot, witnesses said.

Related