MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A February snowstorm is pushing into Minnesota, snarling traffic and forcing schools to close.
Snow started falling in Minneapolis around midday Thursday and continued during the evening rush hour.
In Mankato, 5 inches of snow had fallen before 6 p.m. A trained spotter measured 5.5 inches of snow in Waconia, and more than 4 inches of snow had fallen in Monticello.
Schools in southern Minnesota closed Thursday, including Rochester, Winona and Faribault as heavy snow and strong winds moved into the region. Minneapolis Public Schools canceled all after-school and evening activities and meetings because of the weather. Minnesota State, Mankato canceled evening classes.
Minneapolis, St. Paul and many surrounding suburbs declared snow emergencies. No travel was advised in southeastern Minnesota because of blowing snow.