Snow totals, snow emergencies after first of two Minnesota snowstorms

- So, far our one-two punch of snow heading into the weekend is right on schedule. Overnight Thursday into Friday, the Twin Cities metro saw 3 to 6 inches of snow. A snow emergency has been declared in Minneapolis, St. Paul and several Twin Cities suburbs.

SNOW TOTALS: Snow totals across Minnesota ranged from about one inch in southeastern Minnesota to 6 inches in some Twin Cities suburbs, like Burnsville. The overnight measurement at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 5.6 inches as of 6 a.m. Friday. Here’s a look at overnight snow totals reported to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities:

  • Hayward, Wis. 7
  • Burnsville 6
  • Marshall 6
  • Mahtomedi 5.8
  • MSP Airport 5.6
  • Shakopee 5.5
  • Richfield 5.3
  • Little Falls 5
  • Annandale 5
  • Duluth 4.7
  • St. Cloud 4.7
  • Eden Prairie 4.6
  • Mankato 4.5
  • Albany 4.5
  • Sauk Rapids 4.5
  • Chanhassen 4.5
  • Maple Grove 4
  • Cambridge 3.5
  • Eau Claire, Wis. 2.9
  • Pine River 2.8
  • Moose Lake 2
  • Rochester 1.8

MINNEAPOLIS SNOW EMERGENCY: Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency.

Day 1 (9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 to 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24): Do not park on either side of the street with a red sign Snow Emergency Route sign. Snow plows will clear those streets first. You can park on either side of non-Snow Emergency routes. After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking. 

Day 2 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24): Do not park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. (Example: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.) Do not park on either side of parkways. Park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (Example: 1359 Maple or 2513 17th Ave.). Park on either side of streets with the red Snow Emergency Route sign. After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

Day 3 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25): Do not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets. You can park on even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets and either side of streets marked with the red Snow Emergency Route sign.

ST. PAUL SNOW EMERGENCY: A snow emergency is in effect in St. Paul. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, all NIGHT PLOW ROUTES will be plowed. Night Plow Routes include streets with signs posted that say "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE" and "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE-THIS SIDE OF STREET. Vehicles which are not moved from Night Plow Routes by 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 will be ticketed and towed. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, all DAY PLOW ROUTES will be plowed. If the street is not marked as a “Night Plow Route,” it is considered a Day Plow Route. Vehicles that are not moved from Day Plow Routes by 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, will be ticketed and towed. Parking is banned until streets are plowed full width. Visit stpaul.gov/snow or call (651) 266-PLOW for more information.

OTHER SNOW EMERGENCIES: Bloomington, Robbinsdale, Crystal, Hopkins, Faribault, Golden Valley, Montevideo, St. Louis Park and West St. Paul have also declared snow emergencies or parking restrictions. Check with your city or any city you plan to visit this weekend for any restrictions.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: More than 100 school district across Minnesota and western Wisconsin are closed or delayed Friday morning due to overnight snow. You can see an updated list at fox9.com/closings.

MORE SNOW COMING: Another storm is on the horizon and this one has the potential to be stronger than the first. While exact details are still a bit fuzzy, the overall U.S. pattern will be conducive for a large swath of snow somewhere in the Upper Midwest. The best way to show you this is with the jet stream, that river of air at the top levels of the atmosphere.

As it begins to push into the center of the country, it taps into some Gulf of Mexico moisture, which should allow it to strengthen. But what really gets my attention is the “kink” noted in the forecasted jet stream.

Think of the jet stream like a rope in the atmosphere. When an outside force pushes or pulls on the rope, it will move and eventually kink. Well, this storm is potentially strong enough to kink our rope.  For reference, our Thursday night snow didn’t even nudge the rope, let alone kink it.  This shows that there could be some serious power behind this weekend’s storm… just something to keep in the back of your mind as we head into the weekend. Check the updated 7-day forecast at fox9.com/weather.

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.

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