(FOX 9) - A second round of snow this week has arrived in the Twin Cities metro and could make for messy commutes.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Twin Cities metro through late Thursday and in southwest Minnesota, a blizzard warning has been issued.
Snow will be heavy at times Thursday afternoon. The greater Twin Cities metro is now likely to get 4 to 7 inches of snow, with pockets of 6 to 9 inches possible before the snow tapers early Thursday evening.
Roads are in poor shape and road clearing efforts will be hampered Thursday evening as wind gusts get up to 30 miles per hour.
Afternoon: Snow and blowing snow with gusty winds as temperatures fall to the lower teens, with wind chills below zero.
Evening: Snow tapers off in the metro as temperatures continue to fall. Wind gusts could get up to 30 miles per hour.
Tonight into Friday: Wind Chill Advisory until noon Friday. It will be cold; wind chills will get to minus 30 in the Metro tomorrow morning with a high struggling to get back to zero Friday afternoon.
Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared snow emergencies. Snow emergency rules go into effect at 9 p.m.
Numerous suburbs have also declared snow emergencies, including Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Bloomington and West St. Paul.
METRO SCHOOLS OPEN, BUSES DELAYED
The largest metro school districts are open Thursday, but several are giving parents the option to keep their students home without penalty. Minneapolis Public Schools and Stillwater Schools have notified parents that buses could be delayed an hour or more.
MPS will be OPEN Thurs, Feb. 7. We continue to monitor weather and believe road conditions are stable enough to transport students safely. There will be some delays, possibly an hour or more. However, we believe it in students’ best interest to continue learning even if delayed.— Minneapolis Public Schools (@MPS_News) February 7, 2019
As always, parents have the option during inclement weather to keep their children at home without penalty for this choice. Should you choose to keep your child home today, please notify the school of your decision. Thank you for your patience this morning and please be safe.— Stillwater Schools (@Stillwater834) February 7, 2019
Many schools in greater Minnesota are closed or delayed. More information on school closings and delays can be found at fox9.com/closings.
METRO TRANSIT DELAYS
As of 8 a.m., Metro Transit reported 62 percent of buses were delayed. The Northstar commuter train and the Blue Line light rail train is also delayed.
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