KSTP Traffic Round-Up: Snow Moves into Greater Metro, Doubles Commute Time in Some Areas

December 13, 2017 08:59 AM

WATCH 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Morning for the latest traffic updates.

Although roads were relatively dry for the start of the Wednesday morning commute, snowfall began slowing traffic as the morning progressed.


KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith was monitoring roads in the greater metro area for slowdowns.

Smith reported the right lane of eastbound Highway 36 at Hamline Avenue was blocked by emergency vehicles at the scene of a crash. There was also a crash blocking the left lane on northbound Interstate 35W at Burnsville Parkway, Smith said.

Richfield city officials reported a multi-vehicle crash occurred at Lyndale Avenue and 66th Street. Police and firefighters were at the scene to help clear the crash.

Additionally, Smith said there were crashes in both directions on Interstate 94 near County Road 37 in Albertville.

Meanwhile, several lanes of eastbound Interstate 94 near Rogers reopened early Wednesday morning after crews cleared a semi truck that had tipped.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the semi tipped between Highway 101 and Brockton Lane just before 2 a.m.

Some of the cable median was taken out on the westbound side of the highway when the semi tipped, according to MnDOT. As a result, eastbound lanes were expected to reopen first, while crews could continue making repairs on the westbound side of the highway during the morning commute.

MnDOT reports the driver of the semi is OK.

Track your route with the KSTP Traffic Map

KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said a band of light snow and freezing drizzle was expected to move across the Twin Cities later Wednesday morning, with accumulation remaining under an inch.

See the forecast by zip code here


Rebecca Omastiak

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