MONDAY SNOW: Storm makes for horrible commute, long delays

- Winter returned to the Twin Cities Monday with heavy snow across south central and east central Minnesota, including the metro. 

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for south central Minnesota and most of east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin, including most of the Twin Cities metro until midnight on Monday. A Blizzard Warning is also in effect for Mankato to the south and west, including Fairmont and St. James, until midnight. 

Sloppy, wet snow rolled into the metro Monday morning and wrapped up by the late evening.

Snowfall totals were between 1-4" in the far north and northwest metro and 7-10" in the far south and southeast metro. There were even pockets of 10-12" possible in southern Minnesota.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: State Patrol reported 231 crashes by 8:45 p.m., including 41 jackknifed semis. There were also 435 spinouts and 14 crashes involving injuries. It's a reminder to slow down, pay attention, increase your following distance, turn on those headlights and give yourself extra time. The Tuesday morning commute will likely be impacted as well with leftover snow on the roads. Check live traffic conditions and cameras at fox9.com/traffic.

WINTER WEATHER DRIVING TIPS: 

  • Slow down and increase your following distance
  • Headlights ON, cruise control OFF
  • Use caution around plows-- give them room
  • Check road conditions before you go
  • If there is a "no travel advisory" in your area, follow it

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Dozens of districts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin have declared school closings both on Monday and into Tuesday. You can check an updated list at fox9.com/closings.

GET THE FOX 9 WEATHER APP: You can track the snow and temperatures in your specific location on the Fox 9 Weather App, which also includes a live, interactive traffic map with road conditions and active crash incidents. Check the 7-day forecast from the Fox 9 Weather Center at fox9.com/weather.

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