Updated: 02/24/2014 10:08 AM
Created: 02/23/2014 5:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation say they are pleased with how the interstates are looking three days after a major storm dumped about 8 inches of snow across the Twin Cities metro.
Crews around the state have been working around the clock to try to get the roads clear and make them safe for drivers, Sue Mulvihill with MnDOT said. More than 200 trucks have been spreading salt and liquid chemicals to take care of the remaining snow and ice.
MnDOT leaders were optimistic about the roads Monday.
"They're going to be in fair driving condition with scattered slippery spots, mainly on the ramps and underneath the bridges," Snow and Ice Manager for the Metro District Mark Fischbach said.
Since the storm rolled through on Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol has responded to 1,183 crashes statewide, with 118 injuries and one deadly crash in Wabasha County. The State Patrol also handled 2,568 vehicles off of roadways, 75 jackknifed vehicles and 1,253 stalls.
KSTP.com Meteorologist Dave Dahl says the Polar Vortex is returning, which means temperatures will be frigid and below-average this week. But looking forward, Mulvihill said MnDOT has an adequate amount of salt and chemicals to get through winter. They will be mixing sand into the salt if needed.
Meanwhile, the recent heavy snowfall has led the city of Minneapolis to enact winter parking restrictions. Read about the parking restrictions here.