Ns News Online Desk: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport saw 7.9 inches of snow, breaking a record set in 1916An early-season snowstorm dumped a record-breaking amount of snow across Minnesota on Tuesday, knocking out power to thousands and leading to hundreds of accidents.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office for the Twin Cities said that 7.9 inches of snow fell at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, which broke a previous daily record of three inches set back on Oct. 20, 1916.
“We had record-breaking snow, snow totals here across the Northern Rockies, the Northern Plains, the Upper Midwest, Minnesota receiving over 8 inches of snow and another batch of snow is on the way,” Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean said on “Fox & Friends.”The storm was also the second-largest October snowstorm on record.
Across the Twin Cities, there was a swath of 4 to 6 inches of snowfall, which made roadways slick.The Minnesota State Patrol said that troopers responded to a number of crashes, spin outs, and vehicles off the road in central Minnesota, especially along Interstate 94.
State Patrol said that troopers responded to 493 crashes statewide from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Some 48 of those crashes involved injuries, including one serious injury. No fatalities were reported. In addition to the crashes, troopers also responded to 614 vehicle spin outs and 22 semi-trucks that jackknifed on area roadways. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz took to Twitter to urge motorists to drive safe and “take care of yourselves and neighbors.” “Minnesotans are ready for winter,” he said. “When it snows we usually just build snowmen.”The early season snowstorm caused closures across the area. In Minneapolis, the city’s absentee ballot drop off locations closed early at 3 p.m. so election workers and voters could get home safe, FOX9 reported.