Storm/Cold/Crashes 05 Dec 13

The storm system that has blanketed parts of central and northern Minnesota with snow over the past several days is winding down and the Winter Storm Warning has been canceled.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say 33 inches fell north of Two Harbors, 28 inches inDuluth, between one and six inches across much of the TwinCities, and just one-tenth to a half inch in Rochester. About 8 to 10 inches of snow fell in and around the Hutchinson area. Light snowfall is expected to continue for some areas until about noon, and the Arrowhead, including Duluth, could get another two inches.

MNN reports MnDot is still playing catch-up on many roads and highways and are asking drivers to be careful and give the plows room to work. Snow emergencies have been declared in Minneapolis, Bemidji, and many other communities, and officials are reminding drivers to follow the parking restrictions so their cars don’t get towed.

The Minnesota State Patrol was busy Wednesday, with hundreds of crashes across the state.

Lieutenant Eric Roeske says troopers handled at least 368 crashes on Wednesday, including one fatal wreck and 44 that involved injuries. Two semis jacknifed during the slippery road conditions, and 462 drivers spun out or slid into ditches in just a single day.

Sunrise, December 5, 2013