February 04, 2019 12:03 PM
Freezing drizzle complicated the morning drive Monday in the metro area.
Although the Minnesota Department of Transportation treated many roads, sidewalks and side streets were still difficult to navigate Monday morning.
A KSTP crew out on the roads Monday reported seeing many vehicles sliding out of control. In one case, a vehicle spun out and knocked over a traffic light in South Minneapolis.
KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan, filling in for Traffic Reporter Josie Smith, reported various incidents of vehicles spinning out on metro area roads, including along Highway 212 and portions of Interstate 94. Ryan advised slowing down while driving and added drivers should give themselves an extra 20-30 minutes for their drives.
The Minnesota State Patrol also advised slowing down and increasing distance between vehicles on the roads.
Slow down, increase your following distance and give yourself extra time this morning. https://t.co/raVhhAjl7N— MN State Patrol (@MnDPS_MSP) February 4, 2019
Across Minnesota, the state patrol said 173 crashes were reported between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday - 15 with injuries, though none of the injuries were considered serious. In addition, there were 103 reports of vehicles spinning out and/or going off the road and four reports of jackknifed semis.
By 11 a.m. Monday, the Hennepin County Medical Center reported more than 30 people had already come into the emergency room to be treated for injuries related to falls. At Mercy in Coon Rapids, officials reported 40 of the 89 patients they'd seen so far Monday were in for injuries sustained in slips or falls or in motor vehicle crashes.
Metro Transit reported about 55 percent of its buses were delayed 13 minutes by 9:45 a.m. as a result of icy conditions. There were also Blue Line delays.
9:45 a.m. weather update: 55% of buses are delayed by an average of 13 minutes. Blue Line is working to get back on schedule. We appreciate your patience as we safely adapt to icy conditions & traffic. https://t.co/Qy2y6r4fjl— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) February 4, 2019
A crash along Interstate 35E near Cliff Road caused significant delays Monday morning. According to the Eagan Police Department, the crash involved a semi truck. Only one driver suffered minor injuries, police said.
Meanwhile, Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said the freezing drizzle was expected to continue for a few hours Monday morning before temperatures were expected to drop Monday afternoon.
Barlow said temperatures near 30 degrees Monday morning will fall into the teens by midday and into single digits Monday evening.
Take it slow folks...esp local streets and sidewalks they are very icy https://t.co/cZQNuGiBWl— ken barlow (@kbarlowkstp) February 4, 2019
Several schools reported closures or delays Monday morning as a result of the weather.
Minneapolis Public Schools reported buses were experiencing delays of up to an hour when it came to picking up students. Minnetonka Public Schools reported delays of around 20 to 30 minutes. The Anoka-Hennepin District and St. Paul Public Schools reported at least some delays as well.
Though a spokesperson for St. Paul Public Schools said all buses were at or close to on time.
Updated: February 04, 2019 12:03 PM
Created: February 04, 2019 05:55 AM
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