Updated: 04/10/2013 11:43 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen
A storm that's expected to bring several inches of snow is making its way across Minnesota.
KSTP.com Meteorologist Ken Barlow says mixed precipitation will turn to heavy snow after midnight and will become very heavy by dawn. At times, snowfall rates could be 1-2 inches per hour.
The Twin Cities metro area could get 2-4 inches of snow by morning, with another 3-7 inches possible as the storm continues into early Thursday afternoon.
Thursday evening, another 1-2 inches are possible as the storm tapers off.
A large portion of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, is under a winter storm warning through Thursday evening. An ice storm warning is in effect for the Rochester area through midday Thursday.
According to command staff at the State Emergency Operations Center, the biggest impact from the first wave of the storm was widespread power outages, along with downed power lines and trees.
At one point, most of Worthington was without power because of heavy ice. Residents were still dealing with rolling blackouts Wednesday night.
The city manager says they will open warming shelters if there are enough requests.
A State Emergency Operations Center has opened to deal with the outages; there is a concern some people will need temporary shelter.
Thousands of residents in eastern South Dakota also lost power because of the storm.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, some of their plows had been removed for the spring, but those plows are back on tonight.
Crews will be working around the clock once the snow starts falling, and trucks will be pre-treating some areas.
Because it’s warmer, crews say they’re staying positive and believe the snow will melt relatively fast.
“The warmer the weather, the better the salt works, but I don't think salt will be much of an issue because there won't be as much freezing,” Kevin Gutknecht with MnDOT said.
Before noon Wednesday the Minnesota State Patrol responded to 30 vehicles off the road, 12 property damage crashes and two personal injury crashes.
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