The first significant snowfall event of the season in Minnesota has begun, and the snowy weather is causing major headaches on roadways and in houses across the state.
KSTP reports that many parts of the Twin Cities metro area have already seen nearly a foot of snow, and the precipitation is expected to continue throughout Saturday evening.
The State Patrol announced that there have been 401 crashes and 471 vehicle spinouts since midnight Saturday, although no injuries or fatalities have been reported.
In addition, 52,000 Xcel Energy customers in the metro area are without power due to the storm, according to KSTP.
The Star Tribune points out that the storm has dropped the biggest pre-Thanksgiving snowfall in the Twin Cities since the Halloween blizzard of 1991.
Officials have declared snow emergencies in Minneapolis, St. Paul and many surrounding cities.