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Blowing Snow, Dropping Temperatures to Affect Evening Commute

January 11, 2017 05:21 AM

Expect a slow evening commute as snow and wind Tuesday are making travel tricky.

"One to three inches of snow has fallen in many areas, with even heavier amounts just to our east in western Wisconsin," according to KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl.

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You may have had an extremely slow commute Tuesday morning. You'll likely need some extra time to get home this evening.

Advisories

As a result of low visibility, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a no travel advisory in western Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin and Watonwan counties.

The department has also advised no unnecessary travel in Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne and Stearns counties.

A winter weather advisory also remains in effect for more than a dozen counties until 6 p.m.

Closures, Crash Updates

Dahl says temperatures are expected to drop steadily Tuesday, creating icy road conditions.

As of 11:50 a.m., the department had closed eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 25 in Monticello as the result of multiple crashes. Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported via Twitter at 12:30 p.m. that the stretch of the interstate had reopened.

The state patrol also shut down a northbound section of Interstate 35 at Sturgeon Lake in Pine County Tuesday afternoon as the result of multiple vehicles in the ditch on both sides.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were 145 crashes total from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday. The state patrol added that of those crashes, 12 involved injuries and one was fatal. There were also 172 vehicle spinouts.

As a comparison, during a typical weekday with no major weather effects, there are about 50 to 75 crashes statewide, according to the state patrol. There are very few spinouts or vehicles that leave the road on a typical weekday, the state patrol added.

Drivers experienced a slow commute Monday as well, with more than 400 crashes statewide, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

RELATED: Hundreds of Crashes Statewide as Snow Impacts Afternoon Commute

Weather Ahead

"An Arctic front has been poised in southern Canada the last few days, and now it's ready to pounce on us," said Dahl. "Temperatures will start to drop fast later tonight (Tuesday), with a high on Wednesday only expected to climb into the low teens. The cold air will squeeze out a little more snow Wednesday, but probably not much more than an inch or so."

Find the latest weather updates here.

Take a look at road conditions here.

Download the KSTP Weather App here.

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