February 08, 2019 12:12 PM
Now that a snowstorm has moved through the state, Minnesotans are working to plow and shovel their way out as road conditions remain icy.
The state patrol reported 232 crashes statewide from 9:30 p.m. Thursday to 9:30 a.m. Friday, including 14 with injuries. There were also 271 reports of vehicles spinning out or going off the road and six reports of jackknifed semis.
Crews were out overnight Thursday into Friday plowing the roads in the midst of many cities' snow emergencies.
Snow emergencies were declared in most cities across the metro, including in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Those parked on the street in cities with snow emergencies will likely want to check their city's rules to know where to park when.
KSTP spoke with several drivers who got up in the middle of the night to move their vehicles.
"Oh man this winter is crazy," Javon Johnson, who lives in Minneapolis, said. "It's cold, very cold. I'm out here early in the morning, trying to get my car out of the way for the plow and everything."
Private contractor Matt McCarty said, "We had three months off but it looks like Mother Nature is giving it all to us in February."
Although plows were out in full force, crews said the roads will likely still be slick. They added the wind and cold aren't helping the situation.
Main streets weren't the only tricky spots. People were waking up to icy sidewalks, despite the salt.
Some private contractors said they are working a 15-hour shift Friday, starting the shoveling of sidewalks early in the morning.
While it's a snow day for many students throughout the metro, many people also said they plan to stay home from work to avoid the wintry conditions.
Rebecca Omastiak & Ashley Zilka
Updated: February 08, 2019 12:12 PM
Created: February 08, 2019 05:57 AM
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