Storm update: 7 inches so far in SW Minnesota; slick afternoon commute

Light to heavier snow bands working through southern Minnesota Friday afternoon

I 494 in Eden Prairie
I-494 in Eden Prairie early Friday afternoon.

Our feisty Friday winter storm is still dumping vigorous snowfall across much of southern Minnesota.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model hourly update shows light to more intense snow bands from the Twin Cities south and west gradually sliding southward across southern Minnesota through 9 p.m. Friday night.

Snow should gradually end around the Twin Cities from north to south between about 5 and 7 p.m. Snowfall will linger in southern Minnesota through around 9 p.m. before pulling out.

Most areas around the Twin Cities can expect an additional 1 to 3 inches by early evening. Parts of southern Minnesota could pick up another 5 inches.

NOAA, HRRR model through 9 p.m. Friday.
NOAA via tropical tidbits

Snowfall totals so far

We’re getting updated snowfall totals every few minutes. You can check the latest snowfall totals as they arrive here.

Here are some select snowfall totals as of early Friday afternoon:

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 2.6 inches

  • Chanhassen National Weather Service office, 2.8 inches

  • Victoria, 3 inches

  • Redwood Falls, 5.5 inches

  • Dawson, 7.5 inches

Expect snow of varying intensity through Friday afternoon. The heaviest snow bursts will occur in southern Minnesota generally south and southwest of the Twin Cities. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center highlights the area with the potential snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour across southern Minnesota.

Slick rush hours

Afternoon rush hours will feature slick roads across the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.

Metro Transit says about a quarter of its bus routes in the Twin Cities are running slightly behind schedule due to snow as of 2:10 p.m. Average delays are about 5 minutes while light rail lines are running on schedule.

It's still tough going for drivers across much of Minnesota, with authorities responding to a flurry of crashes across central and southern parts of the state. The State Patrol said it had responded to more than 150 crashes as of midday.

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