State Patrol – Several Hundred Crashes Since the Snow Arrived
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - As predicted, the heaviest snowfall from today's winter storm has been found in the Twin Cities area.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, there were numerous reports of 8 inches of accumulation across the Twin Cities. Areas just south and north of the Twin Cities are reporting around 4 inches of accumulation, while the snowfall totals in the Rochester area have been mainly between 1 and 3 inches.
Even that amount of snow has left area roadways in rough shape and the slick travel conditions could persist overnight. At 5 PM, the Minnesota Department of Transportation was rating all of the major highways in southeastern Minnesota as either partially or completely snow and ice covered. Portions of Highway 52 north of Rochester, I-90 east of Rochester, and Highway 14 between Rochester and Owatonna were completely snow-covered in slippery.
The winter driving conditions contributed to hundreds of traffic crashes today across Minnesota. As of 4 PM, the Minnesota State Patrol had received reports of around 300 traffic crashes. 34 of those crashes resulted in injuries. There were also around 180 reports of vehicles off the road or spinning out and about 20 reports of jackknifed semi-trucks. One of those incidents occurred around 3 PM on Highway 14 in Rochester near the Highway 52 interchange.
There have been numerous weather-related delays and cancellations in the Rochester area and other parts of the region. For a complete list go to KROCNEWS.com.