KSTP Traffic Round-Up: Metro Area Drivers Advised to Watch Speeds as Complicated Storm Hits

March 05, 2018 08:24 AM

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A mix of sleet, rain and snow Monday is expected to make for challenging morning and evening commutes.

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KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said city streets and ramps were slick at the start of the morning commute. She added highways were mainly wet, with some areas of slush.

Smith advised drivers to watch their speeds Monday as a result of difficult road conditions.

Early in the morning commute, a crash closed the ramp from westbound Highway 10 to Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids, Smith said. Emergency vehicles were at the scene.

Metro Transit reported the Northstar Commuter Rail Line was delayed Monday.

Smith also said ramps from eastbound Interstate 394 to northbound Interstate 494 and southbound I-494 to eastbound I-394 closed after a vehicle went off the road and ended up on I-394.

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KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said the mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain is expected to continue through the day, creating slick spots across the state.

RELATED: Complex Storm Descends on Metro; Next 3 Commutes To Be Dicey

In anticipation of the storm, some school districts announced closures and cancellations. Minneapolis, St. Paul, Anoka-Hennepin and St. Cloud were among the districts that closed Monday because of dangerous road conditions expected later in the day.

Find an updated list of school closures and delays here. 

Barlow added the wintery mix will gradually change into snow as the day moves on. Barlow said by the evening commute, up to 5 inches of snow could accumulate in the metro.

Wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour at times means visibility could decrease as those gusts pick up snow, Barlow said.

Then, another 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected to fall overnight into Tuesday.

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