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MINNEAPOLIS – A deadly spring storm and blizzard that dumped heavy snow across the central and northern Plains and into the Upper Midwest is finally winding down.

Hundreds of crashes and spinouts were reported as a result of the winter weather conditions across Minnesota, and a nearly 150-mile stretch of Interstate 80 was closed in Nebraska because of blowing and drifting snow.

A portion of Interstate 70 in Kansas was also closed, and at least two people were killed in weather-related crashes in Minnesota. Even Kansas Troopers couldn’t avoid the crashes. One trooper was at a non-injury crash when a semi-truck plowed into his car. He was not inside.

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It was a record-breaking storm for the Minneapolis area after the Twin Cities received 8.2 inches of snow on Sunday, which broke its old record of 6.2 inches for that date in 1996. Sunday was also the snowiest March day since 2007.

This graphic shows the top snow totals so far.
(FOX Weather)

 

Many areas of the Upper Midwest picked up well over a foot of snow. Duluth, Minnesota, hit the snow jackpot with 21.6 inches. Elsewhere in Minnesota, Casino picked up 18.3 inches of snow and Lester Park received 16.1 inches.

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Portions of Minnesota see 76 straight hours of snowfall

A three-hour radar loop showing where snow (blue), sleet/freezing rain (pink) and rain (green) are falling.
(FOX Weather)

 

The snow is finally tapering off across the Upper Midwest late Tuesday, but the winds will still blow around the snow into early Wednesday.

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High wind gusts of up to 40 mph are also expected, which will reduce visibility.

According to the FOX Forecast Center, some locations in northern Minnesota have seen more than 48 straight hours of snowfall and the streak could extend up to 60 hours once everything winds down.

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The snowfall forecast for the Upper Midwest through Tuesday.
(FOX Weather)

 

Storm moves out but the cold remains

Behind the storm, strong northerly winds will pull in bitterly cold air from Canada, and temperatures will bottom out in the teens and single digits Wednesday morning.

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The FOX Forecast Center said high temperatures will remain 15-25 degrees below average, which will keep snow on the ground and lead to slippery conditions on untreated roads and sidewalks.

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