Live: Blizzard Shuts Down Parts of Interstates 29, 90
December 09, 2012; 7:19 AM
A traveler's nightmare has unfolded across the Upper Midwest with a snowstorm, complete with blizzard conditions, under way.
Snow is piling up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where a total of 8 to 12 inches expected by this evening. Snow totals have topped a foot across southwestern Minnesota.
Roads are treacherous and airline travelers are dealing with flight delays and cancellations due to the snow.
While blowing and drifting snow will become more of an issue in the Twin Cities tonight, blizzard conditions are under way across southwestern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota.
3:19 p.m. CST: Snow has ended in Sacred Heart, Minn., but not before accumulating a total of 17.3 inches. Strong wind gusts remain, reducing visibility to a block in the town.
2:35 p.m. CST: Strong winds whipping around snow have held visibility down to zero for two consecutive hours (and counting) in Marshall, Minn.
2:25 p.m. CST: Interstate 90 in South Dakota is now closed from Exit 265 to Exit 396. Travel is also now banned on Interstate 29 in the state, from Exit 84 to Exit 232.
1:55 p.m. CST: The same storm system slamming the Upper Midwest with snow and blizzard conditions is also sparking severe thunderstorms across the lower Mississippi Valley.
1:40 p.m. CST: Granite Falls, Minn., sits at the top of the snowstorm's totals list with 15.5 inches.
1:24 p.m. CST: South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 90 in southeastern South Dakota, from Exit 330 to Exit 265.
1:08 p.m. CST: Snow is falling at a rate of an inch per hour in Minneapolis, Minn. Snow totals are up to six inches.
1:05 p.m. CST: Over the past hour, temperatures have dropped 12 degrees in Marshall, Minn., and wind gusts have increased to 39 mph. Visibility is down to zero due to falling and blowing snow.
1:00 p.m. CST: Snow totals are up to 8.5 inches at a community located three miles north-northwest of Minneapolis, Minn.
12:39 p.m. CST: AccuWeather.com Staff Writer Vickie Frantz complied a collection of snow pictures taken across Minneapolis earlier today.
12:16 p.m. CST: Wind-whipped snow has reduced visibility to zero in Brookings, S.D.
12:15 p.m. CST: Latest snow totals: 9.0 inches at St. Cloud, Minn., 4.7 inches at Minneapolis, Minn., and 2.2 inches at Madison, Wis.
11:15 a.m. CST: KARE-TV reports that the snowstorm has prompted more than 150 flights to be canceled at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
11:10 a.m. CST: Snow total at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is up to 4 inches.
11:00 a.m. CST: Latest snow totals: 8.5 inches at Clear Lake, S.D., and 2.5 inches at West Duluth, Minn.
10:51 a.m. CST: Sacred Heart, Minn., (located in between Minneapolis, Minn., and Watertown, S.D., was reported 15.5 inches of snow.
10:30 a.m. CST: Travel is still not advised throughout eastern South Dakota, including on Interstate 90. It is easy to see why in this South Dakota DOT picture taken south of Kimball.
10:18 a.m. CST: For two consecutive hours, winds have been gusting past 40 mph and visibility has held steady at a quarter of a mile at Huron, S.D.
10:10 a.m. CST: Latest 24-hour snowfall totals: 4.8 inches near Grantsburg, Wis., and 3.2 inches seven miles northwest of Brainerd, Minn.
10:08 a.m. CST: Snow just started in Green Bay, Wis., where the Packers will host the Detroit Lions this evening. The city will see a total of 2 to 4 inches through this evening.
9:59 a.m. CST: Updated snowfall map from the Upper Midwest to eastern Canada is now online.
9:28 a.m. CST: The combination of snow and winds gusting to 47 mph has dropped visibility down to a quarter of a mile in Aberdeen, S.D., where the temperature is only 7 degrees. The AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperature is down to a frigid 30 degrees below zero.
9:15 a.m. CST: Facilities director Steve Maki told AccuWeather.com that the Metrodome in Minneapolis, home to the Minnesota Vikings, is now cooling off after being heated overnight to prevent snow buildup.
9:10 a.m. CST: Turton, S.D., reported a total of 6 inches of snow and blizzard conditions.
9:00 a.m. CST: Three inches of snow being reported at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. AccuWeather.com meteorologists have now bumped the expected snow total for the Twin Cities up to 8 to 12 inches.
8:58 a.m. CST: The National Weather Service Office in Aberdeen, S.D., measured a total of 8.3 inches.