State Patrol: More than 230 Crashes on Slick Roads

Updated: 11/23/2012 9:09 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

An abrupt change in weather that brought colder temperatures and snow caused slick conditions on roads in the Twin Cities metro area and across the state.

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to more than 230 crashes, including 51 rollovers, throughout the state during the last two days. There were 31 people injured, but no reports of serious injuries or fatalities.

Troopers also made 45 arrests for drunk driving.

The squad car of a State Trooper helping a motorist that slid off Hwy 10 north of Sauk Rapids was hit. The trooper suffered minor injuries.

A semi jack-knifed this morning on I-494 EB at Penn Ave. North, blocking all but one lane.

Rain, sleet and snow began falling in parts of the state including the metro Thursday night.

The State Patrol warned drivers of slick conditions. MnDOT trucks were out in full force treating roads and freeways. The worst conditions were found on side roads.

There were also icy spots on bridges, overpasses and the exit/entrance ramps.

Parts of eastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin have been buried by up to a foot of snow, complicating travel for shoppers heading to stores on Black Friday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says roads in the northern half of the state are snow-covered, with large areas of slippery stretches. Driving conditions are about the same in central Minnesota, where the state DOT says travel can be difficult. Conditions are good or fair elsewhere in the state.

The weather service said Friday the worst of the storm was over, with dry conditions expected through the weekend.

Here are the latest snow totals from KSTP.com Meteorologist Johnathan Yuhas:

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(The Associated Press Contributed to this report)