Snow left as quickly as it came today but quite an impact was made on our transportation system. Majority of the metro saw an impressive 4 and 6 inches of snow with 6.3″ officially at the airport.

The snow hit at just the wrong time (see below) to snarl the traffic system and cause major delays. Majority of the plowing will be completed this evening. This was the largest – official – snow of the season and a record breaker for January 30. However, Event #4 on 12/4/13 saw higher totals across the metro.

Stay safe and I hope drives home are better than the drive to work today. It will be getting very cold overnight so please expect slick roads again tomorrow morning.


Official event totals:

  • Plymouth – 6.7″
  • MSP Airport – 6.3″ (Official)
  • St Paul – 6″
  • Edina – 4.7″
  • Chanhassen – 4.5″
  • Maple Plain – 4″
  • Bloomington – 3.5″

Seasonal totals:

Event Chronology

  • 10:30 AM – Snow ending west to east
  • 8 AM  – 2-3″ of accumulation throughout metro from heavy snow. Wind picking up.
  • 5 AM 1/30 – Snow begins falling heavily from west to east


Advisories as of 11:30 AM

Advisories as of 11:30 AM

The snow has ended for the majority of the metro and our Winter Storm Warning has been extended to 3 pm due to the blowing snow. We also have a Wind Chill Advisory until noon tomorrow because the temps will again drop into the teens below zero through the evening.

10-15 mph winds will blow this light, fluffy snow around this afternoon. Property managers will probably see some snow covered walks and drift tomorrow morning even after a full plow has taken place. Reports of many 6 to 8″ throughout the metro are not uncommon right now.

Again, the roads are treacherous…but it isn’t totally MnDOT’s fault. Please stay put or make other arrangements. It is rough out there.


UPDATE 8:30 AM 1/30/14

UPDATE 6 AM 1/30/14

Snow began falling heavily, as predicted, around 5 am with 1-2″ of snow accumulated by 6 am. Traffic is already starting to look brutal with it only getting worse through the morning.


ORIGINAL POST 10:00 PM 1/29/14

Another happy winter storm is heading our way – this one with a bonafide Winter Storm Warning for 4-6″ of snow right through the heart of the GreaterMSP region from 5 am to noon.

If this storm behaves as predicted, tomorrow morning will be very rough. Commercial properties will probably not get much attention as people begin arriving to work since the snow

File1/30/14 prediction

will start between 5 and 7 am from west to east. Open-ups will be necessary in the morning and afternoon with a full plow at the end of the day.

After the snow falls, our temperature will drop about 35 degrees (we’re used to that now, right?) with a low of -17 F Thursday night.

Be safe and good luck in the morning.