Thin layer of snow, thick layer of traffic for metro

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 9:22 AM

Just an inch or two of snow combined with vehicle residue to make for a slick morning commute Friday for motorists on Twin Cities roads and freeways.

Travel times were well below normal deep into the rush hour, with numerous crashes and spinouts reliably popping up. Fortunately, the winter break is keeping school buses from having to deal with the slower travel conditions.

Metro Transit buses in the Twin Cities are doing well, with 93 percent of them running on schedule, the agency was reporting. Delays are running on average about 2 minutes. Northstar rail from the northwest and light rail running from the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis are right on time.

The deeper measurements were concentrated in the south and west metro. Prior Lake has reported 2.3 inches, Chanhassen 2.1, New Hope 1.9, Minneapolis 1.8 and St. Louis Park 1.5.

Outstate, Mankato and Glencoe have received 1.5 inches and St. Cloud just under an inch.

The National Weather Service is calling for more light snow during the day and into the night, with a high of 24 degrees. The weekend looks dry, with highs in the upper teens.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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