Substantial snow and blizzard conditions slamming the Upper Midwest will wind down later tonight, but not before creating more nightmares for travelers.
Central Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin remain in the heart of the snowstorm, where snow totals have already topped a half of a foot with some places even exceeding a foot.
Through 4 p.m. CST, Sacred Heart, Minn., sits at the top of the snowstorm's totals list with 17.3 inches. The town is located in between Minneapolis, Minn., and Watertown, S.D.
Snow has also piled up in Minneapolis, where up to a foot will accumulate before the snow diminishes this evening. This one snowstorm may equal half of the snow what the city recorded during all of last winter.
The snow will gradually taper off in a west-to-east fashion from Minnesota to Michigan tonight as it shifts northeastward into southern Quebec, but not before keeping roads treacherous and further whitening Lambeau Field for the Lions-Packers game.
Even after the snow comes to an end, the nightmare will be far from over for travelers thanks to gusty winds creating dangerous blizzard conditions.
Extremely low visibility and drifting snow will continue to make travel nearly impossible across eastern South Dakota and neighboring southwestern Minnesota through early tonight.
Such conditions forced officials to close lengthy sections of Interstate 29 and 90 in South Dakota and numerous other roads throughout southwestern Minnesota.
Winds severely whipping snow around in Sacred Heart, Minn., dropped visibility down to one block.
More of eastern Minnesota (including Minneapolis) and western Wisconsin will be subject to the blowing and drifting snow tonight.
The howling winds will also push arctic air across more of the Midwest, allowing any slushy spots that developed on untreated roads and sidewalks during the daylight hours to turn icy tonight.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are especially concerned for this danger across far southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin.
The bitter cold will send temperatures plunging below zero across the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota. Highs on Monday will only top out into the teens in and around Minnesota.
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