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Winter reasserts itself in Minnesota

A winter storm swept through Minnesota on Thursday, and was projected to leave 6 to 10 inches of snow in the area, the Pioneer Press reported.

The cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis declared snow emergencies, which came into effect at 9 p.m., Thursday, the Star Tribune reported. Several suburbs did the same.

The Pioneer Press reported there had been two traffic fatalities, including a snowplow striking and killing a pedestrian in Minneapolis.

The snowfall had a major effect on transportation, causing several dozen car accidents, traffic jams, airport delays, and metro bus slowdowns, the Pioneer Press reported. St. Paul Regions Hospital had treated several slip-and-fall victims by late afternoon Thursday.

The University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota both canceled late-afternoon and evening classes on Thursday, the Star Tribune reported. Many districts throughout the state ended the school day early.

Temperatures are not expected to climb above freezing until Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.