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1 killed in Wright County crash; driving conditions remain slick for much of the state

Crews continue to respond to crashes and spinouts throughout the Twin Cities as road conditions remain slick from the snow.

MINNESOTA, USA — Officials say a man died Tuesday evening after a truck struck a vehicle in a ditch along Highway 24 in Clearwater Township, just south of St. Cloud.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the road conditions were snowy and icy after a dangerous winter storm created difficult driving conditions for much of the state.

Officials say there were 337 crashes reported statewide from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., including 25 with injuries. MSP also reported 750 spinouts and 10 jackknifed semis.

Driving conditions remain slippery as another round of snow is expected to hit the metro late Tuesday night.

The city of Minneapolis does not plan to declare a Snow Emergency on Tuesday. "Public Works leaders will be meeting Wednesday morning to evaluate conditions," according to a news release. Minneapolis Public Works' snowplows and cleaning crews will continue to work through the night. Public Works leaders plan on making a decision about a Snow Emergency declaration on Wednesday.

The list of counties where travel is not advised has grown throughout the day. Now the Minnesota Department of Transportation said motorists should not travel in Rock, Nobles, Cottonwood, Jackson, Brown, Watonwan, Martin, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Redwood, Pipestone, Yellow and Medicine counties because of reduced visibility due to heavy snow and strong winds.

Earlier in the day, travel was not advised on a large stretch of I-90, from the start of the interstate until US 169. By 3 p.m., that stretch shrunk to I-90 from the start of the highway until US 75 (Luverne). The rest of I-90, from near Luverne to Blue Earth County, is completely covered in snow, according to 511.

By noon, many roadways in the Twin Cities metro were "completely covered" with snow or ice, according to 511. Multiple crashes and spinouts were also reported around the metro.

Lynn Wangen submitted this video through the KARE 11 app of multiple vehicles stuck on Highway 62 near Gleason Road in Edina.

Multiple ground stops were ordered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Metro Transit reported delays throughout the afternoon and into the evening. 

Across much of south-central Minnesota, MnDOT is reporting roads are "completely covered" with snow and ice.

Around the metro, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday. After that, a Winter Weather Advisory will remain in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Credit: KARE 11

In portions of southcentral Minnesota, an Ice Storm Warning is in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service says to expect additional ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch, along with several inches of snow.

BELOW: MnDOT traffic cameras captured several scenes of vehicles stranded in the middle of highways and on-ramps following the fast-falling afternoon snow.

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