UPDATED Sunday, December 9, 2012 --- 1:43 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A major winter storm is expected to dump nine to 15 inches on a broad belt across central Minnesota including the Twin Cities area Sunday. The storm is also expected to bring heavy snow to parts of western Wisconsin
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports difficult driving conditions across much of the state. Minneapolis, St. Paul, several suburban communities and St. Cloud have already declared snow emergencies. Several flights out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport were canceled.
A blizzard warning is out for much of eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, while a winter storm warning is out for much of central and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The National Weather Service already reports 15.5 inches at Sacred Heart in southwestern Minnesota, and more than 8 inches in Aberdeen, S.D.
Copyright Associated Press 2012
UPDATED: Sunday, December 9, 2012 --- 10:30am
Information from Chris Kelley, Streets Superintendent:
Our 26 salting and sanding crews have been out since around 6:30 this morning. Salt and salt brine is being applied to our salt routes, which are our main arterials, main connector streets, streets that Madison Metro runs on and streets around schools and hospitals. The weather forecast is calling for snow with around 1" to 3 " of snow.
We will continue to salt and plow our salt routes until they are no longer slippery and the snow has been plowed off of them. We will also be sanding the hills, intersections and curves.
POSTED: Friday, December 7, 2012 --- 10:55 a.m.
From Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley:
It looks like the first precipitation of the winter will be coming in the next several days. The Streets Division has been ready for weeks. We have a full supply of salt, sand, and salt brine so we can handle what ever Mother Nature throws at us in the weeks ahead.
The forecast calls for rain mixed with snow this evening into Saturday morning and light snow on Sunday. We are currently putting down salt brine to assist in deicing the streets in anticipation of tonight's event. The brine combined with relatively warm pavement temperatures should work to prevent accumulation on our streets, but conditions will vary across the community so you should plan to drive cautiously this first winter event of the season.
Should conditions warrant we will be sending out 30 salt trucks to work on our salt routes and two sanders to assist on side streets..