December 04, 2017 10:15 PM
The haste in which fall changed to winter on Monday could be to blame for a number of traffic crashes and spin-outs throughout the state.
The Minnesota State Patrol said via Twitter Monday evening there were 121 vehicle crashes and 60 spin-outs between 8 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Ten crashes involved injuries, and one crash involved a fatality.
The State Patrol reported an 87-year-old Murdock man was killed when the Ford Escape in which he was traveling was struck by a Dodge Ram on Highway 12 in Benson about 12:43 p.m.
The report listed the road condition at that time as wet.
#MSPNumbers STATEWIDE 12/4/17 8AM-8:45PM ---121 crashes (10 with injury, 1 fatal-Benson) & 60 Veh Spin Out/Veh Off Road.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) December 5, 2017
Meanwhile, 11 inches of snow had fallen in Roosevelt, near Roseau, by 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. Holt, in Marshall County, had received 7 inches by 1:30 p.m. Monday. The weather service in Duluth reports that by Tuesday night, 8-12 inches will have fallen on the Iron Range, and 6-8 in Duluth.
The Twin Cities will likely see between 1 and 3 inches of snow by the time it's done falling before Tuesday morning's commute. KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl says that commute will likely be slow, especially on the side streets.
A winter storm warning in effect much of Monday for western Minnesota was set to expire at midnight. Same for a winter weather advisory in effect for much of central and eastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.
Tuesday's high temperature is expected to reach just 20 degrees, marking a stretch of four such days in a row before a slight weekend warmup.
HRRR model shows winds increasing tonight, topping out near 40-45 mph from 10pm thru 1am then slowly subsiding...blowing 1"-2" of new snow around. Temps tonight fall to 20 degrees by early Tuesday. Look out for slick roads. #kstp pic.twitter.com/1ZZW6gR67P— ken barlow (@kbarlowkstp) December 4, 2017
Updated: December 04, 2017 10:15 PM
Created: December 04, 2017 09:30 PM
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