Driving Proves Treacherous After Storm

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — The worst of the weekend storm is over, but Minnesota officials are still cautioning drivers to slow down on slippery roadways and avoid driving into piles of snow.

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting hundreds of crashes in the wake of what may be a record February snowstorm. According to the Patrol, troopers had already dealt with more than 300 crashes on Sunday throughout Minnesota and roughly 500 spin-outs.

Between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday, 122 more crashes were added to those numbers, according to Lt. Eric Roeske. Of those, 73 were within the Twin Cities metro area.

There were 19 reported crash injuries statewide, 3 squad cars struck and one trooper injured.

In the midst of all the snow emergencies are a number of towed vehicles. St. Paul reported that 656 vehicles had been tagged and 179 had been towed in the city as of 7 a.m. Monday.

And plows are still attempting to keep up with yet another snowfall, one that pushes the Twin Cities closer to the all-time record for overall winter snow totals.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says travel conditions throughout the southern half of the state are considered difficult, but passable.

He says the snowplows have cleared most road state roads, but drivers need to watch out for piled snow, particularly at entrance ramps.

The National Weather Service is predicting another 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall Monday on east-central and southeast Minnesota.


Do you have any trouble spots for driving to report? Leave a comment below.

  • Steve

    St. Paul may have been in a hurry to ticket and tow cars, but they sure weren’t in a hurry to plow city streets downtown. As of 6:30 this morning, the streets downtown still weren’t plowed. There were buses and cars stuck everywhere. Nice work, St. Paul.

  • Sandy

    I heard Minneapolis is the same. I do not anticipate a plow down my street until sometime tomorrow and then it will be a quick swipe down the center and the cars that have to park on 1 side, piled up in a snow bank. How is it that the suburbs have no issues with this? I thought the Twins, Wild, and Vikings were tossing money our way like crazy? Hmm.

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    Here in White Bear Lake we are never allowed to park our cars on the streets overnight from October to May, whether it snows or not. So there is never a car on the street. I think that helps and that’s why we don’t have problems.

  • JKB

    In Coon Rapids we can’t park overnight on streets from Nov 1 to April 1 so no problem there either (except getting out of the driveway after the plow has gone by – got stuck this morning)

  • Tony

    My street in St. Paul has not even been plowed. Snow emergency my a s s… piece of s_it!! St Paul needs to fire who ever is in charge of city plowing..!!!!! this has got to change!!!!!

  • Stace

    That is the difference between living in a city and a suburb, In the city you have street parking year round. In the suburbs they are able to ban street parking in the winter months. That is why it is easier for them to clear their streets.

  • Tired of winter

    In area’s of St. Paul & Mpls where there are boarded up homes, tear them down, pave over it and create more off street parking, then put a ban in place from Nov 1 to April 30.

  • Sheila

    In New Hope you can’t park overnight on the street EVER, no matter the season. Seems silly to me.

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