Minnesota Roads Remain Slick, More Than 500 Crashes Reported Statewide

December 06, 2017 05:20 AM

While the snow has subsided, Minnesota roadways remain slick, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

MnDOT reported a majority of Twin Cities and southern Minnesota roads remain partially covered with ice.

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As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, there were 565 crashes statewide, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Of those crashes, only one was fatal. State Patrol also reported 619 vehicles that either spun out or went off road.

Metro Transit reported as of 5:25 p.m., 56 percent of its buses were delayed an average of nine minutes.

MnDOT Communications Director Kevin Gutknecth said the department had an overnight plan in place to pretreat roadways overnight, but the heavy rain put a damper on that plan. Because of the rain, salt washed away, allowing the snow to become compacted and freeze easier as temperatures dropped.

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"What we had was a thunderstorm in December and we had significant rainfall late yesterday into this evening," Gutknecht said. "Just as the rain was quitting; the temperature started to drop, and we had significant freezing on the system."

While weather conditions made it tricky to treat roads, Gutknecth said roadways are significantly better Tuesday evening.

"In the metro area alone, we have more than 200 trucks that are out right now ... salting the roadways and plowing any excess snow off," he said.

According to KSTP Meteorologist Dave Dahl, temperatures are expected to remain low the rest of the week, only reaching the low 20s. Dahl said the next round of snow can be expected late Thursday evening into Friday morning.

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