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MINNEAPOLIS - MnDOT crews spent 27 days in the month of December dealing with snow and ice.

If you've lost count of the number of times you've had to remove snow this season, odds are you're not alone, but for the record, MnDOT's keeping track.

"We have 17 snow events so far this winter since the first of November," said Mark Fischbach

No. 17 came on Tuesday morning and it certainly did a number on plenty of vehicles. State Patrol reported dozens of incidents all over the Twin Cities Metro area.

Commute times were high during the morning rush hour. MnDOT said that can be blamed on the not one, but two rounds of snow.

Officials said that trucks were able to tackle the first round and while roads were wet, they were clear by about 1 a.m.

It's the second round of snow that started to fall around 3 a.m. that caused the trouble.

"All of a sudden a second wave of snow came through the Metro that dumped anywhere from 2 to 5 inches," said Fischbach.

So far this season, MnDOT has spent nearly 100,000 hours on the roads.

When asked if there was enough money in the budget to accommodate the rest of what winter has to offer, the answer was simple.

"Snow and ice is our main priority," said Fischbach.

Fischbach said If more money is needed, they'll take it from other areas like a reduction in tree cutting or mowing in the summer.

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