MnDOT to icy commute complainers: 'It's still winter, folks'

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said Monday night’s snow compacted down and iced up on the roads overnight, resulting in a slow and slippery commute. The Minnesota State Patrol reported 208 crashes, 155 vehicle spin outs and 11 jackknifed semis between 9:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. Eighteen of those crashes resulted in injuries. 

Brief period of light, blowing snow Wednesday followed by bitter cold

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for parts of western Minnesota for whiteout conditions at times Wednesday, while the Twin Cities is under a Winter Weather Advisory for some scattered blowing snow and slippery spots along with plunging temperatures that will create a flash freeze. 

A brief Arctic chill is on the way

Amazing as it may sound, it’s been a pretty mild winter so far. The months of December, January and February have ranged roughly 5 degrees above average as a whole which puts us in 21st place for warmest winter. Not exactly groundbreaking, but it does show that temps have generally been around or above average. Sure, we’ve seen a couple of cold snaps including a brief one a few days ago, but what winter doesn’t have ANY cold snaps? I can answer that for you… none! So our next one is on the way, but this one may challenge some of the coldest wind chills of the season so far.