Be Cautious of Black Ice: Multiple Injuries after Crash on I-494 E in Bloomington Shut Down Traffic

December 30, 2017 04:50 PM

Authorities are advising drivers to be careful on the roads as bitter cold is producing black ice on bridges and ramps. 

A 6 a.m. crash on the Interstate-494 bridge over the Minnesota River in Bloomington shut down traffic for approximately two hours. 

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The Bloomington Fire Department reports multiple injuries and a "prolonged extrication." 

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A wind chill advisory is in effect for much of Minnesota and Wisconsin Saturday. Wind chills during the day are expected to be -20 to -30 degrees, while wind chills could be as low as -40 overnight.  

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Saturday's high is -4 degrees. The bitter cold will be here awhile, heading into the New Year and lasting through next Saturday.

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It's so cold, that KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas demonstrated how a banana left outside could be used drive a nail through a wooden plank:

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