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.
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.
Southbound Northstar scheduled to arrive at Target Field at 5:52 AM is delayed up to 25 minutes. The northbound 6:15 AM trip is still scheduled to depart Target Field at 6:15 AM. No additional delays are expected in either direction. Thank you for your patience.— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) March 5, 2018
7:20 AM: Southbound Northstar is experiencing residual delays up to 10 minutes due to an earlier precautionary track inspection.— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) March 5, 2018
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.
Ramp closures! 394 EB to 494 NB & 494 SB to 394 EB. Vehicle left the roadway on 494 and ended up on 394. https://t.co/2bXnWJs5hf— KSTP Traffic (@kstptraffic) March 5, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Updated: March 05, 2018 08:24 AM
Created: March 05, 2018 05:45 AM
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