Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Rochester is digging out after the first round of a major two-part snowstorm left several inches of snow in its wake Tuesday night. 

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Snow plows are clearing the freshly-fallen snow from the area's major roadways, which MnDOT is describing as either partially or completely covered with snow. Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency Tuesday that readies the National Guard to respond to storm-related emergencies. 

Road conditions 2-22 6:20 a.m. MnDOT
Road conditions 2-22 6:20 a.m. MnDOT
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Preliminary snow measurements from the National Weather Service indicate most of Rochester picked up 4.5 inches of snow, which appears to be the most in the region. 4 inches of snow fell in Byron, Winona received 3.2 inches of snow while Austin reported 1.5 inches of new snow. Snow totals in the Twin Cities range from 1.5 to 4 inches.  

Snow totals 2-22. National Weather Service
Snow totals 2-22. National Weather Service
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Rochester Public Schools and other area districts have called off in-person classes Wednesday. A full list of school closings and delays is available by clicking here

Officials say the worst of the storm is expected to arrive on Wednesday. The National Weather Service has moved the timeline up for a Winter Storm warning, which is underway and set to expire at noon on Thursday. An additional 9-14 inches of snow is possible through Thursday. 

The forecast calls for strong winds and the potential for sleet and freezing rain to accompany the snow. Officials warn the winds and snow could significantly reduce visibility and make travel difficult to impossible during the Winter Storm Warning. 

The State Patrol is asking Minnesotans to stay home if possible. Those who need to travel are urged to allow for extra time, slow down and have an emergency kit in their vehicle. 

For real time road conditions, check the free KROC News App.

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