LATEST: Big snowstorm continues into Saturday, another foot or more expected
This time, it seems, the weather experts didn't cry wolf.
Up to seven inches of snow had already fallen by Saturday morning in some places -- and another foot or more could be on the way today as one of the largest snowstorms in years batters south Washington County and much of central and southern Minnesota.
Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske reported in a tweet early Saturday that the patrol had responded to 59 spinouts in the metro areas. Figures from local law enforcement agencies were not immediately available Saturday morning.
Another foot of snow could be on the way today, according to the National Weather Service, with some meteorologists calling for snow totals closer to an additional two feet. High winds are adding to the near-blizzard conditions across the area. Temperatures are forecast to plummet below zero tonight, adding to the wintry misery.
Authorities say travel is not advised until Sunday, when sun and frigid temps set in.
Winter parking bans in effect
Plows will be out in force Saturday to clear the storm's heavy snowfall. Winter parking rules are in effect in Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park to make it easier on plow drivers; no overnight on-street parking is allowed between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Violators in each city can be ticketed or towed.
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