A winter storm moved through Minnesota early Saturday morning, dumping as much as eight inches of snow in the northern areas overnight and creating icy road conditions throughout.
Winter storm warnings and advisories also were issued for much of the southern and central areas of the state, which saw accumulations range from two to five inches.
Seth Binau, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the storm will be "probably the strongest one of the winter."
The system dumped about 7 1/2 inches of snow in Duluth, bringing the total on the ground there to about 15 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Babbit saw a total eight inches overnight for a total accumulation of 20.
The storm was expected to drop a few more inches up north before tapering off into flurries, weather service specialist Sam Standfield said. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph were also reported in Two Harbors.
The State Patrol in Duluth said road conditions were very poor. Troopers responded to reports of cars doing into ditches, although no serious injuries were reported, a dispatcher said. Unnecessary travel was strongly discouraged.
Roads in the Twin Cities were covered with ice and snow in the morning. Light snow was expected through the afternoon with additional accumulations of less than an inch. Highs were expected to be in the mid-20s with northwest winds of up to 35 mph.
In south central Minnesota, plows pulled off the roads in the Mankato and Windom districts of the Minnesota Department of Transportation until visibility improved.
In western Minnesota, winds gusts were expected to reach up to 50 mph and create near blizzard conditions, the weather service warned.
While the northern snowfall proved to be a pain for most motorists, there were some who welcomed the white blanket -- like those who make a living off winter recreation and clearing the roads.
"We have a large investment in equipment," said John Letourneau. Letourneau owns Letourneau & Sons, which owns a fleet of snow plows, loaders, graders and the like, in Duluth.
"This helps. This certainly helps."
Lt. John Goad, State Patrol supervisor, said while the snow may tempt Twin Cities skiers and snowmobilers to venture up north, their best bet would be to stay safe.
"Heavens, that would be the last thing I'd do this weekend," he said. "We're supposed to get another six to 10 inches, and most of that is in a band between Duluth and the Twin Cities. I would say err on the side of caution and stay home. But we'd love to have you next weekend."
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