Mike Lynch first forecast calls for cold temps under sunny skies

Governor declares peacetime emergency in Renville County

Morning News
February 08, 2019 - 4:50 am
Snow and traffic


We've done this before.

With Thursday's lingering snowfall finally grinding to a halt in the Twin Cities metro, it's a day to shovel the walks and driveways.

Not that it's an enviable task. It'll be just that much more bothersome with temperatures dipping below zero.

It won't be near as cold as last week, when the Twin Cities survived a polar vortex that included dangerous wind-chills.

The predicted high is in the single digits--barely--with wind chills dipping to 32 below zero.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect in the Twin Cities metro into the late morning hours.

There are snow emergencies in effect in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as a number of surrounding communities.

A number of schools called off class Friday because of the bitter cold morning temperatures. 

Here are some snowfall totals from Thursday's snowstorm:

  • Brainerd             9.5 inches
  • St. Cloud            8.5 
  • Buffalo               8.5
  • Chanhassen        8.5
  • Woodbury           6.5
  • Maple Plain         6.5
  • Eagan                6.2
  • Oak Grove          6.1
  • White Bear Lake  6.0
  • Hugo                 5.9
  • MSP                   5.7
  • Blaine                5.3
  • Hastings             5.0
  • Chaska               5.0
  • Bloomington       4.6
  • Red Wing           4.0
  • Mankato             4.0

The snow has stopped, but there's more misery out west.

Many roads in western Minnesota were impassable Thursday night because of blizzard conditions.

It was so bad, that Gov. Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency, ordering the Minnesota National Guard to provide assistance and emergency relief services for stranded motorists in Renville County.

The National Guard Armory in Olivia is open to provide an emergency shelter until the conditions improve.



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