Snowfall Totals Mount, But No School Closings To Report.
The big question at the end of the day yesterday was just how much snow would we end up getting. Area meteorologists had cast a wide net: most news outlets predicting anywhere from 4-10 inches of snowfall was expected in the listening area as well as throughout major parts of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
When all was finished, it looks like most of the towns in our listening area got between 4-6 inches, with the snow tapering off earlier in the night than many had feared.
The amount of snowfall has caused roadways to slick, and there are still many county roads and sidestreets that remain unplowed. In general, it’s pretty messy out there as people wake this morning to prepare for work and school.
As far as school, at this time we have no school closings or late starts to report.
Today (Tues, Dec. 21) we do expect a some flurries and continuing precipitation, but not more than 1/2 inch to an inch today in accumulation.
Things were actually quite a bit worse south of us, and the Twin Cities had a terrible evening commute with jammed roadways, spinouts, and countless accidents causing normal drive times to be expanded exponentially. rush hour got off to a very slow and early start Monday afternoon. Traffic crawled on freeways and city streets as another round of snow created clogged driving conditions all over the metro area.
Not helping matters was the fact that more than 80,000 people headed into the cities for the Vikings game in Minneapolis and the Wild’s game across the river in St. Paul.
MnDOT crews worked through the night to clear roads, and significant progress has been made. I’ts been a busy month for these MnDot workers. WCCO reports that some drivers have been working 20 days in row. MnDOT’s advice for your morning commute is to give yourself some extra time to get to work as there is still a lot of slop out there.