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Minnesota Weather: Ready For More Winter? Weekend Brings Another Potential Snow-Maker

WHAT WE KNOW

  • More snow possible Saturday into Sunday morning.
  • The Twin Cities could see from 1 to upwards of 3 inches.

WHAT WE’RE TRACKING

  • How long snow will stick around with temps warming next week.
  • Whether Monday will bring with it another round of flurries.

WEATHER RESOURCES: WCCO Weather App | School Closings | Live Radar

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With some parts of the state still just clearing away snow from late in the work week, another round of potentially accumulating snow is expected to move into the state Saturday afternoon, with some potential snowfall going into the evening.

WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says Saturday’s weather-maker is expected to lead to some snowy roads late Saturday and into Sunday morning, with north-central Minnesota seeing the highest snow accumulation totals.

Four to five inches of accumulation is possible in north-central Minnesota.

The snow shouldn’t start in the Twin Cities until 1 or 2 p.m., Augustyniak said, but from there the fast-moving Alberta clipper system could lead to snow showers starting off wet, with the temperature being just above freezing.

The snow should continue on and off until about 2 a.m. in the Twin Cities. After that, the temperatures are expected to fall off.

Because Saturday morning’s temperatures in the Twin Cities are lower than they were for the previous storm, that could lead to some more problematic conditions on the roads.

“The snow that will fall will accumulate more effectively than last time,” Augustyniak said.

The Twin Cities could see in the range of 3 or more inches, especially in the northeastern portion of the metro area, with the southwestern part looking to see closer to 1 or 2 inches.

Sunday will bring with it windy and cold clean-up conditions.

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Conditions were already treacherous for some around the metro area Saturday morning. MnDOT cameras caught a large pileup on Cedar Avenue over Interstate 35E in Eagan Saturday morning, with reportedly more than 10 vehicles involved and potentially pedestrians also struck.

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Recap: Friday Snow & Crashes

The Twin Cities saw some flakes on Friday morning, though the snow did not stick to the roads.

There was more accumulation up north, as totals peaked around 5 inches near Bemidji. By 8 a.m., northern Minnesota saw the most accumulation with 2.3 inches reported in Deer River and 2.7 inches in Fifty Lakes. But further south, WCCO Weather Watchers in Becker reported 0.7 inches, while just 0.1 inch fell in Faribault.

The roads were quite slick throughout the metro area and more so in other parts of the state. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that there were several crashes and vehicles off the road Friday morning, with the bulk of them along Interstate 94. The patrol said several crashes involved semi trucks.

Between 10 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday, State Patrol responded to seven crashes in west-central Minnesota, three of which had non-life threatening injuries. Troopers also said 18 other cars slid off the road and reported nine jack-knifed semis.

In the St. Cloud region, officers responded to 11 crashes, four of which resulted in non-life threatening injuries. There was one crash involving a pickup truck pulling cattle, but no one was injured.

In St. Louis County troopers were called to an incident involving at least four separate vehicles and involving at least one fatality. A Toyota Corolla carrying four people was westbound when it lost control and crossed the center line, struck a Toyota Yaris and was then struck by a Chevy Malibu. Another vehicle then rear-ended the Chevy. Two people in the Corolla, 11-year-old Dakota Smith and 32-year-old Betty Smith, died in the crash. Two other children in the car were injured as well as the driver of the Malibu.

Melting Next Week?

Although the weekend will be chilly, temperatures will bounce back Tuesday, when highs are expected to be above average. This means whatever snow falls in the Twin Cities (or other parts of the state) will almost certainly melt, as even overnight temperatures will be above freezing.

Additionally, sunshine looks to be in store for Tuesday and Wednesday.


Source: CBS Minnesota

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