Governor Activates National Guard for Winter Storm
It’s a storm expected to be so big that Governor Tim Walz has already activated the Minnesota National Guard.
“This is indeed going to be a historic storm, this is going to be a tough storm, especially for those in the open country,” said Todd Krause, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, during a press conference early Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service is predicting 15 to 22 inches of snowfall for much of the state, including the Twin Cities from Tuesday night to Thursday afternoon. To make matters worse, wind gusting of 35 to 50 miles per hour is also expected, creating whiteout conditions, Krause said.
The Minnesota State Patrol urges drivers to stay home if possible.
“Over the next few days, our message is really simple: just use common sense,” said Col. Matt Langer, spokesperson for the Minnesota State Patrol. “Think twice before you leave to drive, if you need to drive. Think twice about whether you’d want to take that chance to go from destination A to B.”
According to the National Weather Service, recent storms of this magnitude include the April blizzard of 2018 and the December 2010 storm when the Metrodome roof collapsed.
Krause also indicated that this week’s storm is expected to be one of the five largest snowfalls in state history.
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