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Epic Blizzard Descends On Minnesota

Up To 20 Inches In Some Spots

April 15, 2018 - 10:22 am
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Biggest April snowfall ever?  Check.  Snowiest April ever?  Check.  This is one for the history books and we're not quite done yet.

So far, 12.9 inches of snow has fallen in Minneapolis/St. Paul, making it the third heaviest April snowstorm on record. If the storm total rises above 13.6 inches, it would be the heaviest April snowstorm on record in the Twin Cities and with a few more inches expected Sunday, the record should be broken easily. The National Weather Service in Minneapolis/St. Paul has called this storm historic for mid-April. 

WCCO Radio's Paul Douglas says expect another 1-3 inches by Sunday afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10:00 tonight.

It's also the first time since 1983 that both Hennepin and Ramsey counties were under a Blizzard Warning. 

High winds and even more snow to the southwest of the Twin Cities crippled most of southern Minnesota with roads closed and plows pulled off the roads due to dangerous conditions.  Most of those roads are now open but there are still travel advisories for a large portion of southern Minnesota.  MNDot has reported hundreds of crashes across the state.

MSP Airport also was closed most of Saturday.  A spokesperson for the airport said by the time planes reached the end of the runway after being de-iced, they needed to be de-iced again.  A spokesperson for the airport said by the time planes reached the end of the runway after being de-iced, they needed to be de-iced again. Operations have begun again Sunday morning but check with your airline for the latest cancellations and delays. 

The Twins were forced to postpone three games of the four-game series vs. the Chicago White Sox.  The team will board a plane this afternoon for Puerto Rico where they'll take on Cleveland in some significantly better weather. 

Just in case this isn't enough for you, there is another chance of rain and snow overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.  Spring continues to be on Spring Break, at least in Minnesota. 

 

 

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