The Weather Service predicted that 4 to 7 inches of snow would fall on the Twin Cities between 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the United States on Saturday as a powerful and risky storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.
The weather will impact morning and evening commutes on Monday, the NWS says, and could make travel "very hard to impossible" with blowing snow reducing visibility.
Phase two will be occurring tonight, with rain and wind becoming more intense, and then likely to end for a few hours late Sunday night into Monday early morning as the two low pressure systems will be merging off the coast near Atlantic City.
Northern Michigan University opened its residence halls two days beginning to give students choices as forecasters foretold a foot or more of snow in the area. "Snow will last for several hours on Monday before dissipating into the late evening hours".
Duluth was being socked in two directions on Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Caleb Grunzke: A storm front was bearing down on the city from the southwest, while counterclockwise winds were pulling in lake-effect snows.
More updates will be provided Sunday night and Monday.
Western Ulster and Greene County are under a Winter Storm Warning with 12 to 24 inches of snow in the forecast.
Winter storm alerts have already been issued for a large part of the region including Boston, Hartford and Albany where snowfall forecasts show there will be, respectively, about 3 to 12 inches, 5 to 11 inches and more than 9 inches.
Travel is discouraged during a winter storm warning, the NWS says.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday placed National Guard personnel on standby and activated the state's Emergency Operations Center to enhanced monitoring mode as a severe winter storm passes through many parts of the state. Major interstates in Colorado were also reopened.
Highways elsewhere were closed down.
NY511 is reporting multiple accidents on Interstate 81, 86 and the New York Thruway.
According to FlightAware, more than 225 USA flights had been canceled and more than 2,000 delayed on Saturday alone as of early afternoon.
About 400 flights were cancelled on Saturday. Officials always suggest you check ahead with your airline before coming out to the airport. Binghamton University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College have cancelled Monday classes.
That was added to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow that fell before Thanksgiving.
Road travel was also affected, however major roads were reopening as conditions eased.
Stangarone and other officials are urging residents to stay inside and use caution if they head out in the storm.