Plows Work to Clear Metro Area Roads

March 13, 2017 09:40 AM

Crews spent Sunday night working to clear metro area roads in an effort to make Monday’s drive easier.

KSTP’s Tyler Berg was out in the metro early Monday morning and reported that most drivers were taking the commute slowly, moving just below the speed limit by about 5-10 mph.

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The drive Monday began with fewer incidents than Sunday.

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Interstate 94 near Woodbury had to be closed Sunday night as the result of several crashes. It was a similar story along Interstate 694 in Fridley where roughly two dozen vehicles were involved in a crash.

The State Patrol responded to nearly 400 crashes across the state Sunday.

More than 9 inches of snow piled up in St. James with 8 inches in Madelia and Wabasso. In the Twin Cities, snowfall amounts totaled 1 to 4 inches. Forecasters say Sunday was the snowiest day in the Twin Cities metro in nearly three months.

However, plows made significant progress through the night on most of the metro's main highways and roads.

Side streets remained slick and troublesome for drivers Monday morning.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with some plow operators cleaning up parking lots. A to Z Services crew members said they were almost ready to just call it a winter after last week's warm-up.

"We were thinking about landscaping here pretty soon, but all of a sudden more snow comes so it's definitely different,” Ethan Boutin, with A to Z Services, said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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