A major snowstorm that buried parts of the Midwest skirted Minnesota where less than a half foot of snow to the south slowed morning commuters.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said driving conditions were difficult on interstates and other roads around the Twin Cities, its suburbs and in Rochester where 5 inches of snow hampered motorists.
Dozens of school districts called off classes Friday or started two hours late. Among the districts closed are Albert Lea, Alden-Conger and Austin schools.
The National Weather Service said snow totals to the south generally ranged from about 2 to 6 inches of snow. The deep spot was in Dodge County, where about 8 inches of snow was recorded.