Snow causes hundreds of accidents; 1 dead
Updated: 5:51 p.m. | Posted: 7:26 a.m.
A band of snow moved east across the state on Tuesday morning, snarling traffic and causing blizzard-like conditions in west and south central Minnesota.
Vehicle crashes and spin outs were reported across the state throughout the morning.
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One person died in an accident involving multiple vehicles on Interstate 94 near Clearwater in Wright County at about 9:27 a.m., the State Patrol reported.
I-94 was closed for several hours, but was reopened by 1:15 p.m.
Patrol officials also reported one of their squads was hit on Interstate 494. The trooper was taken to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Troopers reported a total of nearly 300 crashes statewide, with 150 of those in the metro area, between midnight and 3 p.m. There were 18 accidents involving injuries in the metro area and 21 spin outs.
The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for areas in Minnesota along and west of a line from Glenwood to Hutchinson, Owatonna and Albert Lea Tuesday. The strong wind caused considerable blowing and drifting of about 3 to 5 inches of snow.
A winter weather advisory covered much of the state on Tuesday morning as a band of snow moved from eastern South Dakota through central Minnesota.
The service predicted snow possible until about 2 p.m., with accumulation of between 1 and 3 inches in the Twin Cities.
Temperatures in the Twin Cities are expected to dip below zero on Tuesday night, with wind chills as low as below 20 degrees.
Cold temperatures will stick around on Tuesday, but could rise into the 30s by the weekend.
In Hennepin County, the Sheriff's Office issued a warning following the start of Tuesday's snowfall, which can give thin ice the appearance of safety.
At least 10 vehicles have broken through ice on Hennepin County lakes this winter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.