Updated: 01/29/2014 7:14 PM
Created: 01/24/2014 9:15 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
There were difficult driving conditions in some parts of the state Friday, mainly to the north of the Twin Cities.
The Hassle Factor was 7 out of 10 as most drivers headed out for the evening commute on the metro roads. Freeways and highways were slick as snow fell and visibility was limited in some areas. Traffic was backed up all over the metro.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported a number of crashes across the metro and north of the metro, urging drivers to slow down.
Further south, near Faribault, a semi blocked part of Interstate 35, causing backups with traffic.
Side roads were slick with icy intersection around the metro, freeways appeared to be clear Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is preparing for yet another round of snow this weekend, and managers are keeping a close eye on the forecast. MnDOT says it's staffed up for this snow with drivers on call as more snow is expected to move through.
MnDOT leaders say, even though this season hasn't brought a single major snowfall for the Twin Cities this winter has still been a challenge.
"This winter has been hard to predict. We predict storms and then they go around the metro. So we are always prepared. We prepare for winter year round,” said Mark Fishbach of MnDOT.
Even though the snow has piled up, MnDOT says their salt supply is still doing well. They’re prepared for snowfalls of 20 inches or more.