December 01, 2018 10:52 PM
As snowfall blanketed portions of Minnesota on Saturday, motorists spend extra time on the road, driving through areas experiencing low visibility and blizzard-like conditions.
A winter storm warning was issued by the National Weather Service for far southwest and south central Minnesota, while a winter weather advisory was issued for the Twin Cities and the remainder of southern and central Minnesota.
The state patrol reported as of 9:45 p.m., there had been 191 crashes, including 18 with injuries and one seriously injured. There were no fatalities taken account of. 155 vehicles were spun out and six semis jackknifed.
#MSPNumbers Statewide 12:00pm to 9:45pm, 12/01/18: 191 crashes (18 with injury, 1 serious/0 fatal) & 155 veh spin out/off the road & 6 jackknifed semis.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) December 2, 2018
The gusty winds and blowing snow forced some drivers, like George Gibbs, off of Interstate 35 for several hours.
"Right now, we're just going to wait for it to break and sit right here," Gibbs said from the driver's seat of his car. "We're coming here from Florida so from 96 degrees to, I don't even know what it is right now."
Before plows were able to clear away highways, drivers like Dave Kempkes said the trek was slow going.
"There's nothing out there that's really worth the hurry," Kempkes said.
Kempkes, who was headed south of the metro area, said the storm was the perfect introduction to winter.
"This will be the first test of people actually getting into the snow, not just slick roads," Kempkes said.
Side streets quickly became snow-packed as the snow fell and forced drivers to slow down through congested areas.
"It only takes one accidental slip, one little extra hard turn on the steering wheel and you go ditched or you end up hitting someone else," said Nick Mangan.
Mangan was traveling toward Faribault Saturday afternoon. He stopped at a gas station in Lakeville to stock up on winter weather supplies.
"It's just going to be taking it one step at a time, driving slow, and safe," Mangan said.
Updated: December 01, 2018 10:52 PM
Created: December 01, 2018 09:52 PM
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