State Patrol: 357 crashes, 287 vehicle spinouts over 24-hour span

The Minnesota State Patrol says it received reports of 357 crashes and 287 vehicle spinouts in just over 24 hours as snow and ice complicated road conditions for drivers.

Among those crashes — reported between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday — 27 resulted in injury, with one serious injury in Nobles County, according to the State Patrol. There were also 21 jackknifed semis.

The heaviest incidences of crashes occurred between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, when there were 176 crashes, 156 vehicle spinouts and 11 jackknifed semis.

The latest November storm has dumped as much as 10 inches of snow in Minnesota and whipped up damaging winds in Wisconsin where tens of thousands were left without power.

The National Weather Service record 5.5 inches of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with Brainerd picking up the most snow with 10.1 inches.

In southern Wisconsin, a powerful line of storms generated at least two tornado warnings, but there were no immediate reports of touchdowns. At the height of the storms, nearly 40,000 We Energies customers were without power. Some 6,650 customers remained without service Wednesday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.