MINNEAPOLIS – The Twin Cities saw its first major snowstorm of the season Friday, with some snow totals in southern Minnesota recording upwards of 21 inches.
The same storm system that produced tornados from Arkansas to Kentucky also produced winter storm conditions from the Rockies through the Upper Midwest.
The snow moved through the Twin Cities area Friday and began to taper off Sunday morning. The heaviest snow totals were seen in the south metro area, where heavy snow fell at up to 2 inches per hour.
The highest snow total recorded was in East St. Paul, where nearly 2 feet of snow was observed.
Several cities in southeast Minnesota declared snow emergencies Friday night. A snow emergency put special parking rules into effect for several days so that snowplows can safely remove snow.
Before Friday evening's event, the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport reported only a couple of inches of snowfall.
At least 60 flights were canceled due to the snowstorm as of Saturday morning.