State Patrol: Snowy, icy conditions contribute to over 200 crashes
Plow drivers are busy throughout the region as they work to make your commute easier.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS captured multiple plows clearing interstates, highways and ramps during the overnight hours. In addition, our cameras captured a semi-truck slide off Interstate 35 East just north of the County Road 42 exit in Burnsville.
Additionally, a crew was at the scene of a vehicle off the road along I-35W at I-35E. The upside-down vehicle could be seen off the righthand side of the interstate.
The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers across the state responded to 229 crashes, 253 vehicles off the road and 10 jackknifed semis from 12 p.m. Sunday to 10:30 a.m. Monday. Twenty-five of the crashes resulted in injuries but, fortunately, none were fatal. The vast majority of crashes happened before 8 a.m.
Drivers described the snow roads across the metro.
"It’s crazy out here. Real cold and real slippery. Everyone be careful for sure," said traveler Isaiah Maddox.
*WEATHER ALERT: 1”-3” of Snow with Freezing Rain fell in Twin Cities overnight & Freezing Drizzle will continue until 8am then Windy & Cold this afternoon with temps around 20 degrees. Travel not Advised Today up north with +15” of Snow Brainerd area & Blizzard Duluth area. @KSTP pic.twitter.com/MmSkjvCkqv— Jonathan Yuhas (@JYuhasKSTP) December 27, 2021
"I didn’t see it coming," adds traveler Brendan Fredricks. "I was at work and someone told me there was gonna be a snowstorm soon. So I was caught off guard a little bit."
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports multiple delays and crashes in the metro area. CLICK HERE to find the latest winter road conditions for your commute.
KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas reported northern parts of the state saw significant snowfall totals. Brainerd saw between 14-18 inches of snow, Duluth saw between 6-9 inches, and Grand Marias reported 13 inches of new snow.
Plow drivers also worked overnight to clear runways at MSP Airport. Travelers are urged to check with their airline regarding the status of their flight.
Meanwhile, the Bismarck Tribune reported the winter storm closed Interstate 94 between Bismarck and Fargo and Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the South Dakota border. Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canada border also was closed but had reopened by 7 a.m. Authorities advised people not to travel across much of the state.
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