Like a scene from the movie "Groundhog Day," drivers are likely to relive Friday's snow and slowed traffic again and again for days to come.
The wintry déjà vu comes from a Canadian weather system moving through the Midwest that is expected to drop recurring light snow on the Twin Cities each day over the next week.
"We have chances of snow every 24 to 36 hours or so," said Tom Hultquist, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. "For driving purposes, it will be intermittently frustrating."
A half-inch of snow was expected to fall in the Twin Cities through Saturday evening, stopping only to resume Sunday afternoon with another 2 inches. Hultquist said the metro area will likely see another half-inch fall from Monday night into Tuesday morning before starting again Wednesday night.
While skiers may rejoice, those less enthusiastic about the periodic light snow can take solace in a slight warmup this week, with temperatures expected to rise to 30 degrees by Tuesday and continuing to climb Thursday and Friday.
The 2 inches of snow that fell Friday night contributed to dozens of crashes and spin-outs on roads throughout the Twin Cities.
Although none of the incidents reported was fatal, a crash left an Oakdale man with serious injuries after he was struck by two minivans around 7 a.m. Saturday.
Three cars crashed on icy Hwy. 280 near Interstate 94 and one of the drivers, Randy McTigue, 50, of Oakdale, left his car to talk to the two other drivers involved when a Plymouth Voyager and a Dodge Caravan struck him. He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with serious injuries, according to the State Patrol.
In anticipation of the new snow on Sunday, it won't be just plows out on roads; the State Patrol said extra drunken-driving patrols will be out on highways throughout the state in anticipation of Super Bowl festivities.
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