Snow and Ice Lead to Hundreds of Crashes

Updated: 02/11/2013 7:48 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

From driving to flying, Sunday's snowstorm is impacting travel across the state.

The Minnesota State Patrol handled 326 crashes since Sunday morning, including 42 that involved injuries.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan says there were 50 flights canceled ahead of the storm.

The airport will be operating on two runways during the storm. As the snow gets heavier the airport will be closing one of the runways every half hour for plowing. Travelers are advised to check their flights before heading out to the airport.

Preparations for the snowstorm's arrival began ahead of the storm, as Minnesota Department of Transportation crews worked to pre-treat trouble spots.

Hennepin County says they have plows out in full force fighting back against the sleet and snow.

With snow, ice and sleet piling up on Twin Cities roadways, the State Patrol is encouraging drivers to increase their following distances while decreasing speeds.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel in west-central Minnesota. The no travel advisory includes Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin counties. The city of Fargo is also advising no travel.

MnDOT and the Minnesota State Patrol are closing highways in those areas due to hazardous road conditions.
    
Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria is being closed.
    
Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon and Highway 210 from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls are also being closed due to near-zero visibility.
    
The highways will remain closed until further notice. Motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve.
    
It is illegal to travel on roads that are closed. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to 90 days in jail if caught driving on a closed road. Travelers will also have to pay expenses if they need to be rescued from a closed road.

Police in St. Cloud were also advising motorists to stay off roads.

The State Patrol is preparing for Monday, which at this point looks like it will be a touchy commute for drivers heading to work.

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