Snow emergencies declared in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Marion Renault

With four to six inches already on the ground and up to 14 inches forecasted by the National Weather Service, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul officially declared the season’s first Snow Emergency today. Heavy snow will continue until about 9 p.m. Sunday and light showers could last through the night.

Sunday’s high is forecasted to be just at freezing point, but the overnight low will drop to a 9 degree low.

By late afternoon, blizzard conditions are expected to exacerbate the situation, especially in central and western Minnesota.

While several dozen flights out of the Twin Cities airport have been canceled, Northstar, light-rail services and two-thirds of municipal buses are all running on time. The average bus delay is 5 minutes, Metro Transit told Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune reported that main roads and freeways have been plowed at least once, but that many neighborhood streets have yet to be passed by a snowplow.

However, Bill Borghoff, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, warned "Travel is highly discouraged,” according to the Pioneer Press.

The snow emergencies will kick in parking restrictions.

According to the National Weather Service, snowfall will stop by Monday, when temperatures will peak in the mid-teens.