Snow adds another layer to Twin Cities' weather woes

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FOX 9 reporter Paul Blume encountered empty shelves for snow melt at Ace Hardware in Eden Prairie, Minnesota Tuesday. (Photo credit: Paul Blume/FOX 9)

Snow is adding another treacherous layer to already iced-over streets, sidewalks and driveways in the Twin Cities metro. 

Snow began to fall in the area Tuesday morning and expected to continue into the evening before tapering off early Wednesday morning. 

Hardware stores and similar businesses across the metro are selling out of salt. FOX 9 reporters Rob Olson and Paul Blume found their local stores were out by Tuesday morning.

The Twin Cities should see between 2-3 inches of snow by the Tuesday evening commute, with an additional half inch or so before flakes wind down to flurries by 8 or 9 p.m.

St. Paul Public Schools said schools that get out at 2 p.m. will be dismissing students 30 minutes early. All other schools will get out at their regular time. The school district is hoping the early dismissal will alleviate bus delays this afternoon. 

Both St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools have canceled most after-school activities due to the weather and possible transportation delays. More information on school closings and after-school activities can be found at

Several cities have declared snow emergencies, including Crystal and Brooklyn Park.

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