Storm drops more than 20 inches of snow in parts of Minnesota; snowfall reports from around the region

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Updated: 3:30 p.m.

People across southern Minnesota cleared driveways and dug up cars – or planned on skiing or sledding – Saturday morning after a winter storm fell nearly two feet of snow in parts of the area.

The National Weather Service received snow reports of 21 inches on the east side of St. Paul and 20 inches in Woodbury. There were many more reports of fresh snow of a foot or more in the twin city south and east metro than a narrow band of heavy snow – with snowfall rates of at times 5 inches an hour – parked over the area for several hours Friday evening.

There was also a sharp interruption in snowfall, with only 3 to 5 inches of snow reported on the northern subway.

The plows were out again Saturday morning, but the highways in the southern half of the state remain snow-covered and slippery.

A South St. Paul city plow passed parked vehicles buried under well over a foot of snow as it clears an alley on Saturday morning.

Andrew Kruger | MPR news

The State Patrol reported 321 accidents on federal highways between 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday noon – one of them fatal – as well as 311 off-road vehicles and 21 articulated trucks broken.

Metro Transit reported on Saturday morning that there may be minor delays, but most bus routes in the Twin Cities are back on schedule. Light rail lines also run on time.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport reported more than 60 canceled flights and more than 30 delayed flights on Saturday morning.

Snow emergencies remained in effect in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Mankato, Brooklyn Park, and several other cities in southern Minnesota. That means a variety of parking restrictions are in place to make it easier for the city’s snowplow crews to clear the streets. You can find more information on street signs or on the cities’ websites.

While the clean-up work continued, skiers, snowboarders and tobogganers eagerly made their way to the hills and slopes to take advantage of the fresh powder snow.

In the Trollhaugen ski area south of St. Croix Falls, Wis., Committed skiers have been on the slopes since the end of October, when the first cross-country ski trails were opened. However, Marketing Director Marsha Hovey said this weekend feels like the real start to the ski season.

“We firmly believe that people don’t really think about winter until there is snow in their yard, so this pretty significant snowfall is the start of our winter season,” she said when the heavy snow fell on Friday.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board reported that cross-country ski trails in Hiawatha, Columbia, and Wirth parks were groomed and ready for skiing – though there are some detours around ponds due to thin ice.

Heavy snowfall in the south of St. Paul

Parked vehicles will be buried under well over a foot of snow in South St. Paul on Saturday.

Andrew Kruger | MPR news

Here is a recap of the snow reports from Minnesota and neighboring states, broadcast by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This list will be updated as additional reports are received later in the day:

  • 21 inches – St. Paul (east side, Battle Creek neighborhood)

  • 20 inches – Woodbury

  • 19 inches – Lakeville

  • 18.9 inches – Inver Grove Heights

  • 18.5 inches – Bloomington

  • 18 inches – Woodbury, Eagan; Roberts, Wis.

  • 17.9 inches – Hudson, Wis.

  • 17.8 inches – Cameron, Wis.

  • 17.7 inches – Jordan

  • 17.5 inches – Burnsville

  • 16.5 inches – Apple Valley, South St. Paul, Savage

  • 16 inch – maple wood, shakopee

  • 15.5 inches – Belle Plaine

  • 15 inches – Oakdale

  • 14 inches – Green Island

  • 13.5 inches – Eden Prairie

  • 13 inches – West St. Paul, Prior Lake

  • 12.8 inch carvers

  • 12.5 inches – Sanborn

  • 12 inches – Hastings, Lake City, Hills

  • 11.8 inches – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

  • 11.5 inch – Schnitzer, Montgomery

  • 11 inches – Winthrop, St. Peter, Bloomington, Owatonna

  • 10.6 inches – St. Louis Park

  • 10.5 inches – Minneapolis (south); New-Richmond, Wis.

  • 10.4 inches – Mendota Heights

  • 10.2 inches – Faribault

  • 10 inches – Chaska, New Prague, Millville, Cannon Falls; River Falls, Wisconsin; Sioux Falls, SD

  • 9.8 inches – New Ulm

  • 9.7 inches – Rochester

  • 9.5 inch – Elko-Neumarkt

  • 9.3 inches – Nerstrand

  • 9.2 inches – Dundas

  • 9 inches – Farmington, Chanhassen, Mankato, Windom, Jeffers

  • 8.5 inches – Kasson

    Vehicles drive on a snow-covered highway.

    Vehicles drive on snow-covered Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota when a severe winter storm hits southern Minnesota on Friday.

    Andrew Kruger | MPR news

  • 8.4 inches – Falcon Heights, Roseville

  • 8.3 inches – Victoria, Waseca, Minnesota Lake

  • 8 inches – Minneapolis (Northeast), Winthrop, Montgomery

  • 7.8 inches – Vasa

  • 7.5 inches – Norwood-Young America, Henderson, Winona, Ellendale; Menomonia, Wis.

  • 7.3 inches – Waconia

  • 7 inches – Plymouth. Excelsior, Goodview

  • 6.5 inches – Vadnais Heights, Red Wing, Douglas, Rochester (airport), Lanesboro

  • 6 inches – Afton, St. Charles

  • 5.6 inches – Oronoco

  • 5.5 inches – Redwood Falls, Fillmore

  • 5.1 inches – Little Canada

  • 5 inches – Lake City, Elba

  • 4.8 inches – La Crescent

  • 4.5 inches – Maple Grove

  • 4.3 inch circular pines

  • 4.1 inches – Winona

  • 4 inches – Austin, Lewiston, Maple Plain, Watertown, Lyle, Wyoming

  • 3.8 inches – Blaine

  • 3.5 inches – Hugo

  • 3.3 inches – north branch

  • 3.1 inches – Maple Lake

  • 3 inches – Eitzen, Kimball

  • 2.5 inches – St. Cloud

  • 2.2 inches – Paynesville

  • 1.9 inches – La Crosse, Wis.

  • 1.8 inches – St. Joseph

  • 1.5 inches – Dakota

  • 1 inch – Watson

Sonja Kleven from the MPR contributed to this report.

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