It's no longer a blizzard, but we set a snowfall record for April (and more snow coming)
ST. PAUL — We have emerged from a blizzard-y Saturday with a snowfall record for the month — and it ain't over yet.
"We're only halfway through the month, and it's already the snowiest April on record for the Twin Cities!" the National Weather Service announced on Sunday morning, April 15. "We beat April of 1983's record of 21.8 by 0.7 yesterday and it's still snowing!"
The epic weather event that began Friday night had slowed somewhat on Sunday after what the weather service described as a "historic" snowstorm Saturday, but the snow kept coming down.
As of 1 p.m., Chanhassen reported a total of 14.3 inches since the snow began on Friday, up from 10.5 inches on Saturday night. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was at 13.2 inches, up from 10.1 inches. St. Cloud was at 4.7 inches, up from 3.6 inches.
The Twin Cities could see 3 to 6 inches on Sunday, according to the weather service.
Predictably, the inclement weather has wreaked havoc on state roadways.
Between 12:01 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported 405 crashes, 51 of those involving injuries. Two of these injuries in Brainerd and St. Cloud were described as serious, and one fatality was reported in Medina.
The State Patrol also reported 911 vehicles spun out or off the road, and 17 jackknifed semis.
On the bright side, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport said flight operations had resumed as of Sunday morning after a spate of flight cancellations on Saturday. Passengers should still check with their airlines for updates on their flights.
Patrick Hogan, MSP spokesman, said this has not been a typical April for MSP.
"The winter weather has cost us $4 million in terms of clearing snow at the airport," he said. "It's a real inconvenience."
Metro Transit said on Sunday morning that trains are running on time. Buses are also operational but experiencing delays as crews continue to dig out from Saturday's blizzard conditions.
It was a bit dicey for Metro Transit on Saturday. Around 200 buses had to be rescued after becoming stuck over the course of the day and on Saturday evening. Light rail trains faced some delays as rail lights and signals were obscured by the fast-falling snow.
At the worst point, seven bus routes were on snow detour and 75 percent of buses were significantly delayed, the agency said.
Those praying for merciful end to winter-like conditions look to be disappointed.
More snow is due Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, which puts the probability of 4 inches or more in the Twin Cities at about 40 percent.