January 17, 2018 09:19 AM
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Drivers in the metro area were advised to exercise extra caution on side streets and highways in the metro area as a layer of freezing drizzle coated roads Thursday morning.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported there were 42 crashes statewide from midnight through 10 a.m. Thursday.
Of those crashes, the state patrol said four produced injuries. None of the crashes were fatal or produced serious injuries. Additionally, the state patrol reported 25 vehicles spun out or went off the road during that time period. Six semis also jackknifed, according to the state patrol.
According to KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith, by 6 a.m., city streets and sidewalks were icy while highways were mainly wet with slick spots. Smith advised drivers to keep their speeds down, even if roads appear only to be wet.
"Today's commute went pretty well, unless you were traveling on some of those less traveled roads, which hadn't been treated," Smith said. "In the coming days with those temperatures below zero, start thinking about black ice conditions and make sure you're keeping your speeds down as we head toward the weekend."
Road conditions at 9:45 AM across Minnesota & the northern half of Wisconsin. Keep up-to-date with the latest conditions at https://t.co/aHQ4hNPqVT for Minnesota and https://t.co/D5cZkpFnSg for Wisconsin. #mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/j3Ndar1LBU— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) January 11, 2018
Metro Transit reported slick conditions caused delays on several routes Thursday morning.
Service update 9:00 AM (last update for the morning rush): 35% of buses are delayed. Average delay is 6 minutes. No buses on snow detour. Blue Line and Green Line are on schedule.— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) January 11, 2018
One driver, Tom Lally, traveled to the Twin Cities from North Dakota overnight. He was pleasantly surprised by the roads.
"I haven't seen any accidents today, and I was really thankful to God for that," Lally said. "I'm hoping it stays that way."
KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day Thursday, which will exacerbate icy conditions.
He added some parts of the metro area are expected to see 1-2 inches of snow by later Thursday afternoon. South metro area residents could see 2-4 inches of snow by day's end, Barlow said.
Wind gusts are also expected to create difficult driving conditions later Thursday. Barlow said drifting and blowing snow could become an issue for drivers during the evening commute.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for a good portion of the state, in effect until noon. The counties affected included: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Nicollet, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wright and Yellow Medicine.
Looking ahead, Barlow said temperatures are expected to continue dropping overnight into Friday, with wind chills by Friday morning nearing -20 to -25 degrees at times.
Updated: January 17, 2018 09:19 AM
Created: January 11, 2018 06:37 AM
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