Updated: 6:34 p.m.
Our Friday snowmaker has been productive.
We’re still getting snowfall reports as we move through Friday night. You can see the latest snowfall totals as they come in here.
So far, the highest snowfall total coming in as of late Friday afternoon is an impressive 9 inches in Granite Falls and Madison in southwest Minnesota.
Here are some select preliminary snowfall totals from around Minnesota. It is still snowing at the time of many of these reports so they are not yet final.
Falcon Heights: 2.2 inches
Woodbury: 2.4 inches
Rosemount: 2.9 inches
Highland Park: 3.2 inches
Austin: 3.3 inches
Chanhassen: 4 inches
Owatonna: 4.5 inches
Victoria: 4.7 inches
Silver Bay: 5 inches
Two Harbors: 6 inches
North Mankato: 6 inches
Odessa: 6.8 inches
Willmar: 7.2 inches
Dawson: 7.5 inches
Tracy: 8 inches
Madison: 9 inches
Granite Falls: 9 inches
North Shore lake-effect snow
Radars lit up across the Twin Cities southern Minnesota Friday. That was what we meteorologists call “system snow” with the Alberta clipper tracking through southern Minnesota.
But east winds across Lake Superior also generated an impressive band of heavier lake-effect snow that rolled southward from Two Harbors through Knife River into Duluth. Check out the radar loop Friday afternoon along the North Shore. This baby dumped 6 inches in Two Harbors.
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Travel woes continue
Travel remains difficult across much of the region Friday evening. The State Patrol says it responded to more than 370 crashes on Minnesota highways between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. The Patrol also assisted more than 200 drivers of other vehicles that went off the road amid the winter storm.
As of Friday evening there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities from those crashes.
Meanwhile, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is reporting about a dozen flights have been canceled and another 60 flights delayed Friday evening.
Classic January weekend
The sun returns Saturday under crisp high pressure. Temperatures will dip to 20 below zero in parts of northern Minnesota early Saturday morning. The greater Twin Cities will bottom out around zero.
Highs Saturday afternoon recover into the teens across much of Minnesota.
Sunday will be the milder day this weekend. A few snow showers may pass by. Highs will push the 30-degree mark across much of Minnesota Sunday afternoon.