Wet Snow Clogs Commutes, Roads Could Freeze Overnight

November 03, 2017 10:49 PM

For the second consecutive Friday, a helping of wet snow threatened to snarl afternoon and evening commutes in the Twin Cities, but major traffic issues have thus far been minimal. 

Delays of various lengths were noticeable around the metro, but there were few reports of crashes or injuries on the roads. 

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Still, with temperatures hovering in the lower 30s, Minnesota Department of Transportation communications director Kevin Gutknecht said drivers should use caution, especially after the sun goes down.

"There could be issues, especially later this evening, if it gets below freezing," Gutknecht said. "Particularly on bridge decks and places like that. Slush could build up before we get a plow out there."

MnDOT traffic cameras showed a semi cab engulfed in flames on I-94 near Mounds Blvd., but it was not clear what caused the fire. 

Slippery conditions were reported on roads in northeastern Minnesota, as well as in western Minnesota along the South Dakota border.

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Winter weather is again moving through the state. One to three inches of snow are expected Friday evening into early Saturday along a line stretching from St. Cloud to Cambridge and Taylors Falls.

North of that line, totals could be two to four inches.

Barlow said the metro area will likely receive an inch or less, and that it would accumulate mostly on the grass.

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Looking ahead, Barlow said a few rain showers are possible on Saturday, especially in the morning. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy. It gets warmer Sunday when temperatures are expected to rise to as high as 50.

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