(KMSP) - The winter storm hit the metro area Monday afternoon, and the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until Tuesday at 6 a.m.
There were pulses of snow and the occasional icy mix across the Twin Cities metro this morning, but widespread, heavy snow came this afternoon and evening.
As of 4:30 p.m., there were 168 crashes statewide, 18 with injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. There were also 253 vehicle spin outs/off road and six jackknifed semis.
Accumulations will continue to fall until about 11 p.m., with snowfall rates of up to two inches per hour possible. The metro could see 3"-5" of snow by the mid/end of the evening commute. The snow will be wet and heavy slop, which cars will compress into a slippery and icy layer.
After a lil light sleet/snow now in the metro, looks like a pretty good lull through midday before the hefty stuff moves in. Our heavy snow band developing in southwest MN now and moving slowly northeast as it transitions from thunderstorms to thundersleet to thundersnow! pic.twitter.com/BXP1Jam74E— Cody Matz (@CodyMatzFox9) March 5, 2018
Snow totals by Tuesday morning will likely be between 5"-8" in and around the metro.
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