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Minneapolis Snow May Equal Half of Last Winter's Total

December 09, 2012; 6:18 AM

The snow falling in Minneapolis today may pile up enough to equal half of what the city received during all of last winter.

After just under an inch of snow was measured at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport late Friday, a more potent snowstorm is in the process of unleashing a fresh 8 to 12 inches through this evening.

Totals on the upper end of that range would mean Minneapolis has recorded half of the snow that fell last winter in just one day.

The city received only 22.3 inches of snow last winter, well under the 54.5 inches that typically falls.

Today's snowstorm is creating hazards for motorists throughout the Twin Cities with visibility poor and roads, including Interstates 35 and 94, snow-covered and treacherous.

The flight delays and cancellations that AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans warned about on Friday have unfolded at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

For a larger version of this map, please visit the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center.

KARE-TV reports that more than 150 flights have been canceled.

The snow will wind down by this evening, but winds will continue to whip the snow around. Visibility will remain poor and the snow will drift.

Bitterly cold air will also get ushered in by the wind, sending temperatures plunging to near 10 degrees tonight with AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures dropping down to around 6 below zero.

Dry weather will return to the Twin Cities on Monday as less wind howls, but high temperatures will only recover to around 14 degrees.

Snow in Minneapolis on Sunday, December 9, 2012, by Twitter user katjacsen.

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