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State Patrol: Over 170 crashes Friday as winter storm impacts region

State Patrol: Over 170 crashes Friday as winter storm impacts region Photo: Minnesota State Patrol

Updated: January 18, 2020 07:40 AM

UPDATE: Overnight from the hours of 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday there were 47 crashes statewide according to the State Patrol. Six crashes caused injury and one was serious. 

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A major winter storm developed Friday across the region and continues to make travel conditions worse in many areas of the state.

The Minnesota State Patrol said from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 129 crashes had been reported. Fortunately, none of those crashes resulted in any serious or fatal injuries, but 19 had injuries to some extent.

In addition to the crashes, the State Patrol said 89 vehicles spun out or slid off roadways and two semis jackknifed.

From 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the State Patrol said an additional 42 crashes were reported, with none of those resulting in serious or fatal injuries and just one resulting in any injury. In that same timeframe, an additional 77 reports of vehicles spun out or off the road were reported, plus 4 jackknifed semis.

After a brief break for parts of the metro area Friday night, the storm is expected to continue to dump snow on the state throughout Friday evening and into Saturday morning. The heavy snow and blowing wind in some areas will make for low visibility and difficult travel conditions at times.

However, the snow totals aren't as high anymore as once expected.

By noon Saturday, the Twin Cities is likely to see 4-6 inches of snow, with 6-8 inches possible in areas west and farther north of the metro. With significant wind gusts, blizzard conditions are possible Friday into Saturday in western Minnesota, including Alexandria, Hutchinson, Granite Falls, Marshall, Redwood Falls, Willmar, Worthington and New Ulm, KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said.

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