Snow Falls in Minnetonka
A winter storm has reached the area. Accumulation expected to be up to five inches by Saturday.
Minnetonka residents can expect three to five inches of snow to fall between now and dawn tomorrow.
"The afternoon and evening commute across the area will be impacted by the snow," according to The National Weather Service.
Hopkins High School let out 20 minutes early Friday so that school buses would have extra time to return for the elementary school kids.
In response to a snowfall like this one, the city of Minnetonka operates 29 vehicles in their snow response fleet, including dump trucks, loaders and snowplows. A city-wide snow removal operation will usually begin when two inches of snow have accumulated.
During a snow removal effort, Minnetonka is divided into 24 zones. Each zone has what the city calls an "arterial" street and "collector" streets. Snow plows clear these roads first. Residential streets and cul-de-sacs are plowed last. According to the city's website, city crews aim to clear streets and cul-de-sacs within 10 hours.
Stay with Patch all day for updated forecasts and road conditions.
Hopkins Patch Editor James Warden contributed to this report.