- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on winter storm moving through Minnesota (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Snow continues to pile up as a winter storm slowly churns across southern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service says 10.5 inches of snow had fallen on Lakeville in the southern Twin Cities by Tuesday evening. Other snowfall reports include 10 inches in Madelia, 9 inches in Rosemount and 8.5 inches in New Ulm.

The storm is gradually moving northward. Every section of Minnesota is expected to get snow except for the northwest.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel in southwest Minnesota due to blizzard conditions and near zero visibility.

MnDOT says Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea and highways south of Highway 14 in southern Minnesota are expected to remain closed into the day Wednesday.


4:45 p.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports hundreds of crashes statewide as a winter storm pushes across the state.

As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the patrol reports 287 crashes across Minnesota. In addition, there were 221 spinouts.

The National Weather Service says 6 inches of snow is reported near Jackson in southwestern Minnesota, while nearly 6 inches of snow has fallen in Albert Lea in the southeast part of the state.

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Mankato are among cities declaring snow emergencies. Rochester Public Schools have canceled classes Wednesday for the second day in a row.


2:15 p.m.

A severe winter storm is prompting officials to close highways in southern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea closed at 2 p.m. Tuesday because of hazardous driving conditions.

The State Patrol says highways south of Highway 14 in southern Minnesota also are closed.

The patrol says numerous crashes are reported in the Twin Cities as heavy snow falls.


11:15 a.m.

Many students have the day off in Minnesota as a powerful storm moves through the state.

The storm is expected to bring blizzard-like conditions to far southern Minnesota through Tuesday night. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph could cause whiteout conditions.

Among the school district canceling classes Tuesday are Blue Earth Area Public Schools, Faribault, Lakeview, Blooming Prairie, Mankato and Marshall. Minneapolis Public Schools canceled after-school activities and athletic events Tuesday. St. Paul is dismissing high school students at 1:30 and canceling after-school activities.

The National Weather Service is predicting 4 to 8 inches of snow in the Twin Cities and its suburbs. Accumulations of 6 to 11 inches of snow are expected south of a line from Redwood Falls to Minneapolis.

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