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Snow moving out, cold moving in for Thanksgiving Day


As many people hit the road Wednesday to get a start on their Thanksgiving holiday, they ran into some big traffic issues as several inches of snow fell across the state.

Some areas in southern Minnesota received up to 11 inches of snow before it moved out of the area Wednesday evening.

Winter storm advisories and warnings for south central Minnesota were in effect during the day but expired by evening.

Snow-covered roads

All the snow brought slippery conditions and reduced visibilities on some Minnesota roadways on what is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year. Blowing and drifting snow could continue to affect travel Wednesday night, KSTP says.

Many roads from the Twin Cities south were either completely covered or partially covered in snow earlier Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website, which caused many vehicles to slip and slide off the roadways.

Here's the latest on traffic:

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“The holidays are a busy time on our Minnesota roadways,” MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle said before Wednesday's storm. “Our plow drivers will do their part to keep our roads safe, but motorists should plan ahead and drive according to the road conditions.”

Delayed flights

Traffic to the airport was also backed up Wednesday morning, and when travelers finally made it to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport many of them encountered delays.

According to the flight-tracking website Flight Aware, flights leaving MSP Wednesday morning were delayed an average of 54 minutes, while flights bound for Minneapolis were delayed at their origin for more than an hour due to snow and ice. The delay times were quite a bit shorter by afternoon.

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, 282 flights at MSP were delayed, with only four cancellations, according to Flight Aware.

The roads will be in much better shape for driving by Thursday morning, but it will be quite cold.

We could see the coldest Thanksgiving in over 20 years, but no snow is expected, MPR News says. Another round of light snow is forecast for Friday, but it isn't expected to hinder Black Friday shopping plans.

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