(FOX 9) - The Minnesota State Patrol reported 173 crashes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday due to the snow, 18 of which involved injuries, but none were classified as serious or fatal. Additionally, 284 cars spun off the road and 10 semis jackknifed.
Sunday, the State Patrol said 136 were reported between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. along with 170 spinouts and 5 jackknifed semis. 18 crashes included reports of injury.
No-travel advisories were issued in portions of west central Minnesota Saturday due to a snowstorm that blanketed most of the state. They were lifted early Sunday morning.
“Heavy snow and high winds are creating dangerous driving conditions,” read a release from Emma Olson, the public affairs coordinator for MnDOT’s district 4. “Snowplows continue to operate, but motorists are advised not to travel in these areas until conditions improve.”
While formal advisories were not issued in other parts of the state, dozens of crashes were reported from Rochester to Moorhead.
MnDOT reported most outstate roads were covered in slush Saturday while Twin Cities metro area roads were variably plowed, but slippery as well. Highway ramp conditions also vary as only some pavement has received treatment.