Storm brings heavy snow to Minn., Wis., SD

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The heaviest snowstorm to hit the region in two winters is dumping heavy snow across a broad belt of Minnesota including the Twin Cities area, as well as parts of western Wisconsin.

Forecasters say up to 15 inches of snow are possible in the Twin Cities by tonight. The slow-moving storm has caused difficult driving and scores of mostly minor traffic accidents across much of Minnesota, highway closures in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, and flight cancellations and delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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 Minnesota Department of Transportation reports difficult driving conditions across much of the southern two-thirds of the state, with no travel advised and several highways closed in west-central Minnesota and southwestern Minnesota.

Sound:

191-a-12-(David Rihn, safety coordinator, City of Madison, in AP interview)-"the arterial roadways"-City of Madison safety coordinator David Rihn says the salt trucks are out to keep the roads clear. (9 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *191 (12/09/12)>> 00:12 "the arterial roadways"

190-a-14-(David Rihn, safety coordinator, City of Madison, in AP interview)-"it pretty easily"-City of Madison safety coordinator David Rihn says the weather conditions have really not been as bad as expected. (Wisconsin is expecting up to a foot of snow) ((note "today" in cut refers to Sunday)) (9 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *190 (12/09/12)>> 00:14 "it pretty easily"

192-a-13-(David Rihn, safety coordinator, City of Madison, in AP interview)-"a major plowing"-City of Madison safety coordinator David Rihn says it will take a lot more snow to really impact the city since they're used to snowy conditions. (9 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *192 (12/09/12)>> 00:13 "a major plowing"

167-a-10-(Zach Taylor, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"to Wisconsin, uh, overnight"-National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Taylor says some areas will end up with a foot or more of snow before it's over. ((watch for dating)) (9 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *167 (12/09/12)>> 00:10 "to Wisconsin, uh, overnight"

165-a-15-(Zach Taylor, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"by Monday morning"-National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Taylor says parts of the Midwest are seeing the first large snowfall of the winter. ((watch for dating)) (9 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *165 (12/09/12)>> 00:15 "by Monday morning"

166-a-16-(Zach Taylor, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"around the areas"-National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Taylor says the snowy conditions are causing quite a few fender benders in the greater Wisconsin area. (9 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *166 (12/09/12)>> 00:16 "around the areas"

APPHOTO MNWIL104: Falling snow and high winds create poor visibility for a Wilmar, Minn. resident using a snowblower, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 during the first major snow storm of the season. (AP Photo/The West Central Tribune, Ron Adams) (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO MNWIN103: Jean Bohlinger shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of his daughter's house, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Winona, Minn. The National Weather Service is predicting a total accumulation of five to 10 inches by Monday morning. (AP Photo/Winona Daily News, Joe Ahlquist) (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO MNCLO101: Motorists and pedestrian make their way along snow covered St. Germain Street, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in St. Cloud, Minn. (AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter) NO SALES. (9 Dec 2012)

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