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Osseo Area Schools Closed March 5; Winter Storm Warning for Maple Grove

Mar 04, 2018 10:06PM ● By Doug Erlien
With a Winter Storm Warning in effect for Monday, March 5, 2018 that is expected to see rain turning over to snow beginning early in the morning and extending into the day, ISD 279 - Osseo Area Schools announced Sunday night that schools would be closed and evening activities cancelled.

"Due to the snowfall expected to impact the region on Monday, March 5, Osseo Area Schools will be closed and all after-school/evening activities are canceled," ISD 279 posted on their website.

According to the Twin Cities National Weather Service, rain will change over to "heavy snow" Monday morning. "Given the possibility of high snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, we anticipate very difficult travel across the area on Monday. At this point the worst travel conditions are expected Monday afternoon and evening," the Twin Cities National Weather Service stated on their website as of 10 p.m. Sunday, March 4. "There is still some uncertainty on when the  precipitation will change to snow and when the heaviest snow will occur. It is possible that the Monday morning commute could also be significantly impacted by wintry weather, so check for forecast updates and plan accordingly."

Update 6 a.m. Monday, March 5:  The Maple Grove area remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, according to the National Weather Service - Twin Cities. During the morning, rain is forecast to change to snow, with the heaviest snow Monday afternoon and evening. Snow totals are anticipated to be between 6-9 inches, with the highest snowfall total (near Princeton to Little Falls) around 12 inches.

"Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow," according to the National Weather Service.

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