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Winter Storm Warning for Twin Cities Saturday Night

Posted at: 12/07/2012 2:38 PM
Updated at: 12/07/2012 11:46 PM
By: Scott Theisen

Another round of snow expected to begin Saturday night could leave the Twin Cities and areas to the north with 5 to 8 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from the Twin Cities to the north for Saturday night into Sunday. Parts of western Wisconsin are also included in the warning. A winter weather watch has been issued for areas south of the Twin Cities, where 3 to 6 inches are possible.

KSTP meteorologist Ken Barlow says light snow will begin developing early Saturday evening and get heavier throughout the night, with accumulation ending around noon Sunday.

The first round of snow began Friday afternoon, creating headaches for drivers navigating slick, wet roads during the evening rush hour.

Dozens of accidents were reported across the metro, but traffic cameras in the south metro showed some of the worst backups.

Friday night, the Minnesota State Patrol said it was investigating a fatal crash on Highway 12 near Delano in Wright County. The head-on crash happened just before 6 p.m. when a car lost control on the icy road. A 24-year-old Prior Lake man was killed, according to the State Patrol.

Earlier, the Scott County Sheriff's Office called conditions on Highway 169 "brutal." The sheriff's office said there were accidents from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge all the way to Belle Plaine. They warned drivers to use extra caution and to avoid driving if possible. If you must go out, you should also clear all your windows and lights from snow before driving this weekend, the sheriff's office said.

Accumulation totals of 1 to 2 inches were expected by the time the snow tapered off late Friday.

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