Posted at 8:20 AM on February 29, 2012
by Jon Gordon
Filed under: Weather
From MPR News reporter Tom Robertson:
Much of Minnesota was hit by a major winter storm overnight. The hardest hit area stretches from north of the Twin Cities into central and eastern Minnesota.
Frank Bonsante, a Minnesota State Patrol dispatcher in the agency's Brainerd District, said many schools and businesses are closed and he's advising people to stay off the roads if they can.
"We got about five to six inches of snow," Bonsante said. "Plows have been out since about 12 o'clock this morning, and blowing snow, anywhere from two to three foot drifts at times. And the other blast, they say of five to six inches, coming this afternoon. DOT is advising no travel as of right now."
The storm missed some parts of northern Minnesota. The Bemidji region was expecting a half a foot, but as of this morning got none.
More snow is expected to fall into this afternoon across the region.