Slippery Roads Already A Problem, Could Get Worse
Slick, icy weather conditions have wreaked havoc on Minnesota and Wisconsin roads in the past 36 hours. The precipitation hit our listening area around 10 p.m. Saturday night, and by mid morning yesterday it had caused numerous accidents on small town city streets, county roads and even I-35. Now forecasts are telling us more ice and snow are on the way.
The icy conditions were problematic throughout most of the state of Minnesota yesterday, where two people died in separate ice-related accidents, including a 12-year-old girl who was killed in Stearns County when, according to WCCO of Minneapolis, the pickup truck she was riding in lost control on an icy road and went into a ditch. A Willmar woman was also killed in multiple vehicle crash on Saturday night when she was ejected from the vehicle she was riding in after ice caused a multiple car crash.
As of late last night, the Minnesota State Patrol is reporting a total of 438 crashes statewide — 376 of those in the metro area. The crashes have resulted in one death and 75 injuries.
Road crews are still out spreading salt, but local drivers are encouraged to slow down, allow extra time to get to where you need to go, and be vigilant. More snow and ice could hit the listening area throughout the day today.