MINNEAPOLIS - Welcome to Winter.
We knew it was coming, but that didn't prevent a storm system that rolled into Minnesota Monday and early Tuesday from hitting residents like a sock in the jaw. Some areas of the state got up to a foot of snow (Roosevelt-11 inches), while others, including the Twin Cities, got rain that morphed into snow that iced streets and highways from west to east.
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The conditions were reflected in the morning commute, slowed to a crawl by dozens of crashes and spinouts. The MnDOT Twitter feed is littered with reports, a new accident or slowdown popping up every minute. Between 8 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday the Minnesota State Patrol responded to 410 crashes, including one that was fatal and 36 that involved injuries. An additional 515 vehicles spun out or left the roadway.
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A slow commute is on tap this morning. Slow down, give yourself extra time, increase your following distance, and buckle up. Check https://t.co/AOQI2lO7cB for road conditions. Pic from MnDOT plow cam on I-35 near North Branch. #mnwx #winterweather pic.twitter.com/EFOlBoD3Tm— MN State Patrol (@MnDPS_MSP) December 5, 2017
The fatality occurred on Highway 12 near Benson just before 1 p.m. when a Ford Escape attempting to cross the highway was struck by a Ram pickup, killing an 87-year-old male passenger in the Escape. The victim is from Murdock. The 81-year-old female driver, also from Murdock, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Hwy200 two miles west of Itasca State Park (north entrance - 1 veh crash (no inj) pic.twitter.com/mGCrZAtCsl— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) December 4, 2017
In North Dakota, officials advised against traveling in south-central and northeastern areas of the state. In South Dakota, the storm dropped about 4 inches of snow in some areas. Transportation officials warned travelers to stay off Interstate 90 from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls.