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Multiple crashes reported during snowy Monday commute

Snow will start to taper off by mid-afternoon, but expect an equally dicey evening commute.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — After getting our first taste of snow back in October, the first real true round of winter weather continues to impact roads and travel conditions on Monday.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, most roads across the state are covered or partially covered with snow as of 10:30 a.m. Click here to see MnDOT's updated road conditions map.

MnDOT told KARE 11 that crews began treating ramps, overpasses and bridges around 3:30 a.m. Monday, but said that treatment doesn't prevent all slick spots, so it's important for motorists to drive slow, stay patient and create space between other drivers and plows.

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Crews will continue to treat roads with salt and brine throughout the day and through the week as snow showers continue.

On the MnDOT 511 traffic map, dozens of minor crashes and spinoffs have been reported throughout the Twin Cities metro.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, there were 566 crashes around the state. Of those crashes, 46 resulted in injuries, one of the injuries being fatal. MSP said 171 vehicles spun out during that time period and five semi-trucks jackknifed.

The Minnesota State Patrol is expected to release updated Monday morning crash numbers later in the day.

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Earlier this morning, a crash on southbound Highway 169 south of Interstate 494 created some serious traffic delays. According to Bloomington Fire, a vehicle crashed into the side of a semi-truck, and the driver was hospitalized with luckily only minor injuries.

And on Interstate 694 near Columbia Heights and Fridley, traffic was slowed to a crawl Monday morning in both directions, and two crashes were reported in the area near Highway 65.

And we're not out of the woods just yet. The Monday evening commute could be just as dicey as the morning drive as snow continues to fall and temps stay cold.

Snow will begin to taper by mid-afternoon Monday, and by the end of the day, the Twin Cities metro will likely end up with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation.

More light snow is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, and these rounds could give us another couple of inches over a longer period of time. 

Credit: KARE 11

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