Twin Cities snowfall leads to accidents, delays and closings

Jake Stark

A spring snowstorm led to hundreds of flight cancelations, dozens of car accidents and mass transit delays early Thursday in the Twin Cities area. 

Over five inches of snow fell in Minneapolis and the western metro area Thursday morning and afternoon, and the National Weather Service expects another two-to-three inches to fall overnight into Friday morning . More snow could come on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though it is unclear how heavy it will fall. 

More than 100 flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport before 8 a.m. Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., about 200 car crashes were reported throughout Minnesota, along with nearly 300 spinouts or other accidents. 

No fatal crashes were reported. 

Freezing rain on the power lines shut down the Hiawatha light-rail line for several hours, causing major traffic delays. The entire line did not reopen until 10:45 a.m. 

Metro transit deployed 20 buses to compensate for the light-rail shutdown, but passengers said even those buses were mostly delayed and often overflowing with people. 

By Thursday afternoon, most of the snow on the highways had been cleared.

Despite the heavy snow, the Minnesota Twins have not canceled their next home game, scheduled for Friday night against the New York Mets. Staff members at Target Field are working to clear the snow-filled field and seats so the game can be played on time.