Messy morning commute in the metro, drive times doubling

November 29, 2018 11:46 AM

A coating of light snow in the metro made for a messy Thursday morning commute.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported crews were out Wednesday night and Thursday morning to help clear the snow.

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MnDOT asked drivers to give plows space on the roads so the plows can work efficiently and safely.

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KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said most drivers would be doubling their travel times Thursday.

Statewide, from 9:45 p.m. Wednesday to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, the state patrol reported there were 122 crashes, with nine of those causing injuries. None of the crashes were fatal. Additionally, there were 60 spinouts and one jackknifed semi truck.

Wednesday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported there were 379 crashes statewide from noon to 9:45 p.m. Forty-four of those crashes caused injuries and none were fatal. There were 95 spinouts and seven jackknifed semi trucks, the state patrol reported.

Meanwhile, Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said the snowfall was this season's biggest storm yet, with 1-2 inches of snow measured in the metro.

With snowfall tapering off, Barlow said scattered flurries and some freezing drizzle are expected Thursday.

Looking ahead, Barlow said a storm could move through the state Saturday, particularly southern parts of the state although some of that snow is expected to make its way north into the metro.

Barlow said as a result of gusting winds and snowfall, driving conditions may become more difficult Saturday and early Sunday.

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