Winter Storm Brings Several Inches of Snow to Maple Grove
Feb 02, 2016 11:33AM
● By Wendy Erlien
After several hours of snow as part of a storm moved through Minnesota, Maple Grove ended up with a reported eight inches of snow, according to snow fall totals from the National Weather Service-Twin Cities.
The Winter Storm Warning expired early Wednesday, Feb. 3, however, Hennepin County continues to be under a Hazardous Weather Outlook. The National Weather Service forecasts winds of 15-25 miles per hour throughout the day Wednesday with gusts up to 30 miles per hour which "will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow across much of southern into west central Wisconsin," according to National Weather Service-Twin Cities.
Despite an early spring prediction by Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, the Maple Grove area could see several inches of snow as part of a new winter storm forecast to move through the area Tuesday, Feb. 2 through Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.
The National Weather Service Twin Cities issued a Winter Storm Warning 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, which includes Hennepin County, and remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Snow is forecast to develop between 9 a.m. and noon Tuesday and continuing throughout the evening, with the heaviest snowfall between noon and 6 p.m. Five to 10 inches of snow is forecast, according to the National Weather Service, with “significant reductions in visibility at times.”
“A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel…keep an extra flashlight…food…and water in your vehicle in case of emergency,” the National Weather Service Twin Cities stated in the Winter Storm Warning, also stating, “…plan on difficult driving conditions driving conditions, especially during the evening commute.”
As of 11:30 a.m., Osseo Area Schools shared the following message on their Facebook page:
Due to weather and/or road conditions, all after-school and evening activities are cancelled today (Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016).
The regular school day is continuing as usual, and schools will dismiss at their regular time. Kidstop will remain open for after-school childcare, but we ask that you pick up your student as soon as possible after the end of the regular school day.
We anticipate that some buses will run late, so your student may arrive home later than usual. You can plan on all activities resuming tomorrow unless you receive additional communication from the school district.
Around noon Tuesday, Maple Grove Transit issue a reminder to residents about the potential for delayed buses.
Read the full alert here: http://www.maplegrovemn.gov/services/transit/rider-alerts-and-news/winter-storm-bus-deployment/
The city of Maple Grove posted on their Facebook page around 3 p.m., stating snow plows were out plowing primary road, going home around 5 p.m. to "catch up on some sleep" and returning at midnight to "plow the entire city curb to curb"
"Please be reminded that it may take several hours to several days for the streets to return to normal, depending on the severity of the storm," the city shared.
Warning is in effect for many areas of the southwest and south central
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