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WEATHER: Icy crashes, snapped power poles, Twins doubleheader

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A power pole snapped overnight in northeast Minneapolis. Photo by Greg Kellogg / FOX 9 News. A power pole snapped overnight in northeast Minneapolis. Photo by Greg Kellogg / FOX 9 News.

A fresh 2 to 6 inches of snow and slush coated the Twin Cities on Tuesday after Monday's rain and snow.


This final burst of snow made April the snowiest month for the winter of 2012-13. Using snow total from MSP Airport, this was the third snowiest April on record in the Twin Cities, with 17.6 inches of snowfall.


Morning crashes on Interstate 94 slowed traffic between Minneapolis and St. Paul, but an ice-covered Highway 169 in the west metro was causing the biggest problems. Multiple cars were off the road during the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours on Highway 169 just north of Interstate 494.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske reported troopers handled 214 crashes between 4 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday statewide.

See a live map of traffic conditions and incidents at myfox9.com/traffic


A power pole snapped overnight in an industrial park in northeast Minneapolis. There didn't appear to be any power outages in the area as a result, but intermittent power outages were reported Monday night and Tuesday morning in Bloomington, south Minneapolis and Richfield. Xcel Energy estimates 1,500 customers were in the dark overnight.

The heavy snow that weighed down trees and branches was too much for some weaker ones to take. In Richfield, a large section of tree broke off and landed on power lines, sparking a fire in the early-morning hours.

"Peeked out the window just to see what happened, saw sparks coming out of the roof -- also some fire and flames, things that weren't supposed to be there," said Duane Tackett, who watched the home across the street catch fire.

The falling tree also caused a transformer to blow out, igniting a basement fire that quickly filled the home with smoke.

"So thick you couldn't see in the kitchen on the other side of the door," Tackett recalled.

Luckily, the elderly couple who live in the home survived. The woman escaped on her own, but her husband had to be rescued from a bedroom by firefighters and treated for smoke inhalation.

"It was the wet, heavy snow," said Richfield Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch. "Thankfully, we didn't get as much snow here as predicted."


Snow forced the Twins to cancel their third home date of the season at Target Field, but the grounds crew was hard at work to prepare the field for a day-night doubleheader Tuesday against the Miami Marlins.

Crews raced against the clock to clear ice from the field and stands alike before the 1 p.m. start in the sun.

More photos and game details: http://bit.ly/ZilU2j


You can expect a brighter sky with more melting Tuesday afternoon as highs approach 40. Our next system brings mid 40s with afternoon rain showers for Wednesday, and we're aiming for highs near 70 by this weekend.

Get the full 7-day forecast at myfox9.com/weather

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