Snow snarling Tuesday morning commutes

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Tuesday morning snowfall made for a brutal commute across much of Minnesota, especially along southbound 35W and 35E into the two downtowns, according to the Star Tribune. Prior to 9 a.m., traffic was barely creeping along a number of other arteries, including Interstate 94 in the metro.

Blowing snow with accumulations up to 3.7 inches as of 8 a.m. were affecting visibility and contributing to a number of spinouts and accidents, though most commuters are enduring painful drive-times.

The National Weather Service  has issued a winter weather advisory for the metro area until 3 p.m. Tuesday. Several school districts in western Minnesota delayed the start of school while plows clear roads. Wind gusts over 40 miles per hour are being reported. Snow accumulation will range from 1 to 6 inches, heaviest in western Wisconsin.

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Blowing snow and winds – some 30 to 40 mph – were a real factor in southwest and central Minnesota. Snow continued to fall on the metro commute, but "accumulating snow" tapered off by mid-morning, with occasional flurries expected through the rest of the morning, KARE 11 reported early Tuesday.

Early Tuesday-morning temperatures varied widely across the state, from minus-11 in Ely in the northeast to 7 in Roseau in the northwest. It was 34 in Albert Lea in the south, and in the Twin Cities, temperatures were expected to be in the mid-20s for most of the morning Tuesday.

It was 34 in Albert Lea in the south, and in the Twin Cities, temperatures were expected to be in the mid-20s for most of the morning Tuesday.

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