Fog and More Freezing Precipitation Possible in Rochester Area
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The winter weather advisory for southeastern Minnesota expires this evening, but travel in the region could remain challenging, if not treacherous.
The National Weather Service is predicting fog will blanket the region with locally dense fog possible in some areas. Light freezing precipitation, along with some light rain and snow could produce very slick conditions, particularly on untreated roads, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. In the Rochester area, little or no new ice accumulation is expected, but some light snow accumulations are possible overnight and through the day on Wednesday.
Additional snow is forecast for the areas of southern Minnesota that took the brunt of the winter storm. So far, the highest snow totals are being reported in southwestern and south-central Minnesota where 9 to 10 inches of accumulation has been reported from near Mankato and Willmar to the South Dakota border. There has also been a report of 9 inches of snow just west of the Twin Cities, where most of the reports have been in the 4 to 6-inch range.
The heaviest snow is moving into northeastern Minnesota. The most recent forecast for the Duluth area is calling for up to 8 inches of new snow on top of the more than 44 inches that fell on the city in December.
The storm contributed to hundreds of traffic crashes statewide. The State Patrol has reported more than 320 crashes since 9:30 Monday night. 27 injuries were reported, but none resulted in serious injuries or deaths.