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NEXT Weather: Overnight snow puts this winter into top 3 snowiest on record

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NEXT Weather: 5 p.m. report 03:50

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some areas around the Twin Cities are reporting around 9 inches of heavy, wet snowfall overnight.

That additional snow means it's been one of the top three snowiest winters of all time in the metro area, according to NEXT Weather Meteorologist Joseph Dames.


The snow has mostly cleared out and winter alerts have all expired in Minnesota. The rest of the day will be sunny and dry; temperatures are expected to warm on Sunday, which will help with the melt. A quick, wintry mix will move through the metro early Sunday morning. 

Some additional precipitation is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, but temps will warm throughout the week, pushing near 50 degrees by Friday.

Follow updates throughout the day below. 


Power may not be fully restored for day or two, Xcel says

Xcel: Power may not be fully restored for for another day or two 02:07

The April Fools' Day blizzard dropped heavy, wet snow, damaging power lines and leaving thousands without electricity. Xcel Energy said approximately 280,000 customers across Minnesota and Wisconsin were impacted by the storm.

"I woke up this morning and the temperature in my house was 58 degrees. Normally, it's 68 degrees," St. Paul resident Doug Strandquest said.

The outage in Strandquest's neighborhood forced some businesses, including Trader Joe's, to close on Saturday.

"Our neighbor here has an iguana so she was scrambling trying to find something to run her heat lamp, the poor thing," Steve Kelso said.

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By Kirsten Mitchell

Minnesotans react to record snowfall in Twin Cities

It may take a little more time than expected for this snow to melt after we moved up the record books overnight. NEXT Weather Meteorologist Joseph Dames shows us how this storm stacks up.

Third snowiest winter on record for Twin Cities 01:39
By WCCO Staff

Xcel: 35,000+ still without power

As of 4 p.m., there are still over 35,000 Xcel Energy customers without power.

Xcel says it anticipates that work to restore power will continue into Sunday and possibly Monday, "given significant damage and challenging conditions."

By WCCO Staff

Travelers at MSP face long lines, cancelations

Long lines at MSP due to storm 01:02

Travelers at MSP had to deal with long lines and cancellations Saturday.

The storm canceled or delayed nearly 200 departing flights today. It also led to issues at security.

The airport says they were short-staffed because of the storm, so only one security checkpoint was open for a while.

"...It's been kind of a nightmare," Jim Sexton, of Buffalo, said. "Our flight was canceled due to the weather. As far as the staffing and everything else goes, this is really my worst travel experience...We probably added $10,000 to our trip - probably more than $10,000 to our trip."

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By WCCO Staff

No snow emergencies for Minneapolis, St. Paul

Minneapolis and St. Paul will not declare snow emergencies on Saturday, officials from both cities said.

Public works crews are plowing main streets and clearing downed branches on the roadway.

Normal parking rules will apply in both cities.

By WCCO Staff

MSP Airport: 63 canceled flights

The weather is causing delays and cancellations at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

According to MSP officials, 63 departing flights have been canceled and another 87 have been delayed.

Around noon on Saturday, long lines were reported at the airport.

By WCCO Staff

State Patrol: 71 crashes Saturday morning

By WCCO Staff

Thousands still without power after storm

Xcel Energy says 70,000 people are still without power after the snowstorm moved through Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

At the peak of the outages, over 215,000 people had no power. 

The company says crews are assessing damage and working to restore power. 

By WCCO Staff

"It's not normal": Metro residents react to wet, heavy snowfall

For many, the mix of snow, sunshine and singing birds was a stark contrast to start spring."Actually, I find it calming," said Darbiene Sater. "You can hear the bird, the suns out, it's not windy. It's beautiful."

Others say they are ready for the snow to be gone for good.

"It's not normal. I mean, winter is definitely getting worse every year, but what are you going to do?" said Chrysa Duran. "I'm ready for spring."

"It's a little confusing I guess. We're supposed to be spring right now, and this throws a little wrench in things, but it's all good," said Dave Hartman.

Minnesotans react to April snowstorm 01:54
By Adam Duxter

A winter for the record books

The snow overnight dropped 8.5 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, meaning that the area has seen 89.7 inches for the season.

The snowiest winter on record was in 1983-1984, which saw 98.6 inches overall.

By WCCO Staff

Snow emergency declared for West St. Paul, Plymouth

West St. Paul declared a snow emergency, which is set to go into effect at 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. During a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes until the streets are fully plowed. Violators may be ticketed and towed.

Plymouth also declared a snow emergency starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday. 

To see if your city has declared a snow emergency, click here.

By WCCO Staff

Buck Hill to be open for "bonus day" on Saturday

Minnesotans prepare for spring snowstorm with mixed reactions 02:33

Just as those snow mounds started to melt away and offer a sign of relief, here comes another round of fresh snow.

"I am extremely sick of it, oh my gosh. It's the cold, it's the wind and I'm freezing. I'm ready for it to be summer," Laura Schmitt, of Lakeville, said.

"It gets a little old, I'm not gonna lie. But with 34 years here in Minnesota, growing up my entire life, I'm used to it. I expect it," John Baumer, of Minnetonka, said.

You can expect some Minnesotans to embrace a little more snow.

Buck Hill in Burnsville announced they'll open for a "bonus day" on Saturday.

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By Allen Henry

Over 300 crashes Friday evening

As snow continues to accumulate in the metro, road conditions are deteriorating. The rain before the snow created slick spots on many roads around the state.

Over 300 crashes Friday evening 00:26
By WCCO Staff

Snow begins accumulating in Twin Cities

By WCCO Staff

Blizzard warning issued for Twin Cities area

The National Weather Service has issued for much of the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. The warning is expected to expire at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Areas in western and southern Minnesota, stretching from Big Stone County to the metro area, are also under a blizzard warning.

By WCCO Staff

Reminder: Send us your weather pics!

You can submit your weather pictures and videos here.  

Jessy Hoffer recently captured a great sunset in Cannon City:

By WCCO Staff

How much snow we could see by Saturday:

Eleven inches in the Twin Cities is on the high end of some of the models, with some showing over six inches. 

There's a sharp cutoff in expected snowfall, with northern Minnesota not expected to see much.  CBS
By WCCO Staff

Icy road at Camp Ripley = great sliding conditions

By WCCO Staff

Great meme on this coming snow ...

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MSP Airport could see top 5 snowiest winter...

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