Storms Cause Severe Driving┬áProblems

Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 11:37 am

The worst of the weekend storm is over, but Minnesota officials are still cautioning drivers to slow down on slippery roadways and avoid driving into piles of snow.

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting hundreds of crashes in the wake of what may be a record February snowstorm. According to the Patrol, troopers had already dealt with more than 300 crashes on Sunday throughout Minnesota and roughly 500 spin-outs.

Between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday, 122 more crashes were added to those numbers, according to Lt. Eric Roeske. Of those, 73 were within the Twin Cities metro area.

There were 19 reported crash injuries statewide, 3 squad cars struck and one trooper injured.

In the midst of all the snow emergencies are a number of towed vehicles. St. Paul reported that 233 vehicles had been towed in the city as of 7 a.m. Monday.

And plows are still attempting to keep up with yet another snowfall, one that pushes the Twin Cities closer to the all-time record for overall winter snow totals.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says travel conditions throughout the southern half of the state are considered difficult, but passable.

He says the snowplows have cleared most road state roads, but drivers need to watch out for piled snow, particularly at entrance ramps.

The National Weather Service is predicting another 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall Monday on east-central and southeast Minnesota.

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