Winter storm causes hundreds of crashes, spinouts

9:49 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS  - A mix of rain, sleet and snow caused traffic problems in many parts of Minnesota Sunday.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that as of 4:30 p.m., the State Patrol had responded to 239 crashes and nearly 400 vehicles that had spun out or went off the road.  No serious injuries have been reported.

Heavy, blowing snow is causing problems in western Minnesota, and increasing winds are expected to make conditions worse.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel in west-central Minnesota.  The no travel advisory includes Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin counties.

There are multiple reports of crashes and slide-offs on Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Fergus Falls and beyond.

Some parts of northern Minnesota were expected to see up to a foot of snow. Visibility in Duluth was less than a block at one point.

Police in St. Cloud were advising motorists to stay off roads. Blizzard warnings will be in effect Sunday night through Monday morning in some areas.

Several cities declared snow emergencies, including Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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