Conditions tricky for Monday commute

9:17 AM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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ROSEVILLE, Minn. - A strange mix of wintry weather is making for a tricky commute on metro freeways and highways.

With temps hovering around 30 MnDOT is warning anyone hitting the highways to be aware of icy spots and fog that is dense.

KARE 11 meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says dense fog advisories are in place until noon in some areas.  

MnDOT's Twitter feed is littered with advisories of spinouts, crashes and slowdowns from north to south on the system.

Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Jesse Grabow tweeted this morning "I'm seeing & feeling the freezing rain in WC MN this morning. Slow down & allow more time 4 travel. Headlights on & cruise control off!"

Monday's mess follows a brutal day on the roads Sunday after freezing rain and ice morphed into snow across areas of the state.

State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske says 367 crashes were reported between noon and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, with 48 injuries, though none serious. He says another 299 vehicles went off the roads or spun out, and three semis jackknifed.

A National Weather Service spotter reported 2 inches of snow on top of a tenth of an inch of ice in St. Paul.

With plows on the roads all across Minnesota MnDOT offers some advice to motorists.

  • Drive slowly on bridges, overpasses and tunnels.
  • Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.
  • Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road and attention on your driving.

For current driving conditions you can check the MnDOT website.

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