A heavy layer of snow blanketed Eagan and much of the Twin Cities metro area on Sunday, burying cars and snarling traffic just in time for the Monday morning commute.
As much as 11.5 inches of snow fell across portions of Eagan yesterday, according to official measurements taken by the National Weather Service. But at least one Eagan resident, Joanne Seaberg, reported 15 inches of accumulation on her deck.
Despite the winter storm, Eagan schools began on time Monday morning.
As it stands now, the Twin Cities won the snow lottery on Sunday with nearly every town in the metro area getting between 10 and 15 inches of snow. The deepest single-day snowfall in the Twin Cities last winter was 4.2 inches on Dec. 3, 2011.
Sunday's storm was also a record of sorts. The 10.5 inches of snow at the international airport—the official site of record for the NWS—marks just the 21st time since 1884 that a calendar day in the Twin Cities has seen 10 or more inches of snow. Let's repeat: The amount of snow received on Sunday has happened only 20 other times in 128 years.
Traffic on Monday morning is expected to be a disaster, with very icy conditions as temperatures are forecast to plummet into the single-digits tonight. Also, many side-streets in Eagan may still be in the process of getting dug out.
Thanks to the storm, as of 6 a.m. Monday, 637 crashes had been reported statewide, with 63 involving injuries and one fatality, according to Lt. Eric Roeske, of the Minnesota State Patrol. Almost 970 spinouts and slides off slippery roads also were reported, he said.
Who had the most snow? As of 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbus Township, in Anoka County, reported 16 inches of snow. Forest Lake had 13.5 inches. Chanhassen, Excelsior and Burnsville all reported about 12 inches.