Snow piles up in south Washington County
Break the shovels back out -- south Washington County is getting more snow.
The area and the rest of the Twin Cities metro was under a winter storm warning Monday, with the National Weather Service forecasting up to eight inches of new snow by Tuesday morning.
Snow was falling in the area by midmorning Monday, and the weather service predicted that the heaviest accumulation would occur during the late-afternoon and evening commute, snarling traffic and slowing drive times.
By afternoon, snow was beginning to accumulate on roadways and plows were starting to clear slick streets in Cottage Grove. By 1:30 p.m., public safety officials had reported multiple spinouts on Interstate 94 in Woodbury as driving conditions worsened.
Monday's snow follows the Dec. 11 blizzard that dumped an estimated 17 to 18 inches of snow on south Washington County, canceled the annual Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train stop in Cottage Grove, and left local cities struggling to keep up with the huge snow totals.
Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park are still cleaning up after that storm -- the largest winter storm to strike the metro area since 1991 -- working to clear trails, push back huge snowbanks from intersections to improve visibility and are urging residents to help clear snow from buried fire hydrants.