Season's first major snowfall breaks record in Minnesota, causes hundreds of crashes and spinouts | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Season's first major snowfall breaks record in Minnesota, causes hundreds of crashes and spinouts

A winter storm shouldered its way into the record books Tuesday while dumping 6 to 8 inches of heavy snow across the Twin Cities, burying curbs, garden hoses and whatever was left of fall.

The precipitation tapered off Tuesday night after 7.9 inches of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, shattering the previous record for Oct. 20 of 3 inches, set in 1916, and nearly besting the all-time snowiest October day in the Twin Cities.

As flurries turned to a full-on storm, National Weather Service meteorologist Brent Hewett had simple advice: “Have a shovel” at the ready.

Accumulations were deepest in the southern metro with heavy wet snow falling up to an inch an hour: Edina reported 6.6 inches; Burnsville, 6.8; Savage, 8.8; and Apple Valley, 8.5. The widespread storm swept across much of the state from Interstate 90 in southern Minnesota to Alexandria, Brainerd and Duluth in the north.

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