Snow Slows Morning Commute

Updated: 12/20/2012 7:59 AM By: Scott Theisen

A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains headed into parts of the Midwest Wednesday.

Snow began falling in parts of southern Minnesota late Wednesday and is expected to last into the Thursday morning commute, especially in the south metro.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of the far southern and eastern metro. Meteorologist Dave Dahl says areas in the south metro could get an accumulation of around 2 to 3 inches. A coating to an inch is expected for the north metro.

Areas south of the metro are expected to see a much heavier snowfall. Northfield to Red Wing could get six inches, while Rochester could get as much as 12 inches of snow.

Dahl says windy conditions and colder temperatures are in the forecast for the entire state Thursday. Blowing and drifting snow are expected to cause low visibility and tough travel conditions in the far southern portion of the state by Thursday morning.

There is a Winter Storm Warning for the counties just south of the metro with a Blizzard Warning for the Rochester area southward.

Click here for live radar of the storm.

Click here for the latest traffic updates.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.