Patrol: Friday Snow Caused 682 Crashes Statewide

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Another round of snow fell on a morning rush hour, making for some major traffic headaches.

MnDOT cameras showed crashes and spinouts throughout the metro Friday morning, including a stretch of Interstate 94 wholly blocked off by a jackknifed semi truck near County Road 81 in Brooklyn Park.

i 94truck Patrol: Friday Snow Caused 682 Crashes Statewide

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The State Patrol reported there were 682 crashes Friday statewide, with 85 reporting injuries. The metro area alone had 577 crashes reported between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m., with 72 reporting injuries. In addition to that, 181 vehicles went off the road or were involved in spinouts statewide. There 120 vehicles that went off the road or spun out in the metro.

The slipping and sliding serve as a reminder to slow down and plan that you will spend a little extra time on the roads during the morning commute.

WCCO Meteorologist Matt Brickman said light snow was expected throughout the morning, but the heavy snow will stay to the southern parts of the state. Brickman said there is a winter weather advisory in effect in the southern Minnesota until 6 p.m. with 4-6 inches expected.

The heaviest snow will fall in the Twin Cities between 9 a.m. and noon. It won’t taper off until 3 p.m. Snow totals in the metro area will be between 1-3 inches.

From St. Cloud and up north they can expect 0-1 inches.

Temperatures will be better than Thursday, hovering in the single-digits. The Twins Cities will likely drop below zero overnight again.

Brickman said people can expect another round of snow on Sunday.

  • I_hate_mini_vans

    Some people are complete i.d.i.o.t.s… It’s really too bad the few i.d.i.o.t.s on the road ruin-it for everybody else.

    I’m glad that I leave at 5:30a every morning to avoid them, and the trafiic altogether – huge stress reliever!!

    Happy driving :)

    • Dude

      Yeah, it’s stupid people on ice, get your tickets here.

    • red

      ME TOO! There was no one on the road when I left at 5:30. It was smooth sailing all the way!

      • not a problem

        I suppose if you are relagated as a ‘working person’ needing to show up at your blue collar manufacturing job in the early A.M, then yes it is smooth sailing. I simply left after the roads were empty working via blackberry at home until. Smooth sailing however you look at it.

        • mumof4

          wow you are a jerk!

          • not a problem

            Yes if avoiding a treacherous drive via different life decisions makes me a jerk. Minivans calls people names and I am the jerk somehow. Maybe the ‘somepeople’ minivans talks about aren’t jerks maybe it is their first year in the U.S. or they are from Florida or the unfamiliar Somali taxi driver. Minivans may need to reconsider the broadbrush.

            • I_hate_mini_vans

              not a problem… we’re both adults here – I.d.i.o.t.s – what else do we call these people that carelessly drive through the snow and cause accidents?? I thought I was being quite civil.

            • mom&popwith6

              If you can stay home and work on your little phone then great but you can be a bit nicer in your assumptions of people. My father is a owner of a very large company and he gets up and is on the road at 5:30am, my husband does the same and he does not fall in your category above, manufactures are not the only ones who are up early and work HARD to provide for their families….think before you say somthing that may cause offence. And if you “Not a Problem” sit here and comment on weather, and driving…what are you doing to work so hard to provide?

          • Matt

            a jerk? how about those i.d.i.o.t.s that kept tailgating me on 35-E? Aren’t they jerks?

            • erin failte

              I know right? And why are most of those tailgaters driving cars/trucks/suvs twice the size of my car?

        • I_hate_mini_vans

          …not a problem, why would you comment “I suppose if you are relagated as a ‘working person’ needing to show up at your blue collar manufacturing job in the early A.M”?? That’s an ignorant statement and to some people that’s offensive. Get over yourself Mr. white collar.

          • Grandiose

            “not a problem” has “little man syndrome”.

          • not a problem

            Just a comparison/contrast as to how easy it is to avoid traffic and hence avoid the morning situation. Sounds like you were out early as well minivan_hater.

            • Ralph

              I don’t like minivans either!

            • I_hate_mini_vans

              Yeah I suppose, a rude one at that though. You are right genius… I was out early indeed. I also have the privilege of working from home via the crackberry (high-five)!

              I like the ring that “minivan_hater” has :)

        • red

          .Excuse me, I work in an office and choose to get my Butt up and go to work at this time to avoid the frickin traffic.

          • I_hate_mini_vans

            Red, Ralph, Mumof4, Mom&popwith6 – you’re all good people! Keep it real. TGIF!! :) have a great weekend…

  • Andy

    Well the bright side is it will keep the state patrol busy for the day so they won’t be able to steal by speeding ticket.

    • GH

      You’re a idiot Andy

      • Andy

        Just speak the truth GH

        • Exp

          @Andy: If you don’t like the laws, then petition your lawmaker.
          Additionally, technically nothing’s illegal unless you get caught. Don’t get mad at the cops because you were foolish enough to get caught.

  • Bill

    No slick roads don’t cause accidents altho it does contribute, Dumb drivers are the biggest cause. Slow down and think ahead people!

  • Brilliance

    I just drove my sports car with bald tires home and made it, if you spunout or got in an accident you’re a joke! Slow down and it’s pretty easy to get where you’re going.

    • Not a Joke

      I ended up in the ditch due to a car sliding into my lane – just missing my car. I went into the ditch after hitting slick roads, did a 360 and went in. Fortunately the car that caused this did stop and so did two other cars to see if I was OK. Not all spin outs are the fault of the car going into the ditch – some as in my case are caused by other cars.

  • Jim

    People are like, eeeeeeee, aaaaaaaaaaaah, eeeeeeeee, awwwwwwww, whoa, burnie, eeeee, awwwwww, whoa, slickery out there!

  • dhillips

    and your’e all the greatest drivers in the world too!

  • Debby

    Yep…another dumb semi driver going too fast! I wish they would have to take yearly driving tests…wonder just how many would pass. I see them everyday driving like maniacs!!

    • Don't Hate on the semi drivers

      It might not have been his/her fault. Someone could have cut them off. Have you ever thought about that. I would love to see you drive one of those trucks. Its not easy. My brother was a driver for years and ended up in the ditch a couple of times during snow storms because of people driving pick up trucks going to fast and losing control and instead of hitting and probably killing them he decided to go into the ditch. Think before you speak. Most semi drivers are probably a much better driver than people driving cars. Maybe you should go take a driving test and see if you pass. Have a nice day!

  • Captain Obvious

    Snow is slippery?

    On a related note: The sun rises in the East.

    • Peaceful

      I Love Snow!

  • Rufus Larkin

    take the bus

  • Michele

    As so many have said: Slow down, so what if you’re late everyone else is too. It’s better to get to where you’re going in one piece, then to have yourself in pieces.

  • They're everywhere

    Especially here in MN: Numb nuts galore

  • mom&popwith6

    we do this every YEAR! slow down people, take your time, and give yourself SPACE when stopping. I stay home to avoid the idiot drivers. :-/

  • Sam I am


  • david

    woohooo, i may be able to use my 2 stage snow thrower that I bought back in August!!

  • istay


  • Kevin

    I miss the days before 390,000 immigrants moved to the Twin Cities. When there were just a handful or idiots wrecking after a slight dusting of snow……

    • KS

      Yeah right, because white people in their 4 wheel drives who think they are better than everyone else and have to get there first never cause accidents or anything. And yes, I am a white person with a 4 wheel drive vehicle, but I can SLOW DOWN when road conditions call for it.

      • TJ

        Not all non-white people are immigrants. Although, I cannot say if he was making a blanket racist statement or not. America does not do a good job of teaching people what is like to live in America. But I do agree with the rest of your statement. People in 4-wheel drive trucks aren’t invincible! I see them in the ditch more than anything else.

  • Rick

    Women drivers, Somali drivers, this is why people get hurt. Don’t let them drive.

    • TJ

      Women drivers?! My bet is your one of the worst drivers in the state! To make such ignorant and un-American statement. What are you? A terrorist?

  • slowridetakeiteasy

    If everyone would just slow down and worry about the next person things would be ok :)

  • Teah

    Oh My! I think todays snow made some of us a tad bit cranky! Lets try to be nice people. A smile ans a little courtesy from the car in the next lane just might make our commute a little more tolerable.

    • Brett

      Forget the smiles, just learn how to drive, then I’ll be happy, and have a smile to boot.

  • Brett

    Most Minnesota drivers are among the worst on the PLANET. I can drive my rear-wheel drive “sports car’ better than some of you with 4WD or AWD, even in 6-8 inches of snow. So go for it, X-Gamers…..Launch your vehicl,e 60 yards through teh aire, just like those stupid teens in WI about a week ago, and show us how its done, for REAL….

  • Brett

    Learn how to “drift”.

    • Pooja

      that the study is not an indication of real world pemforrance. it is quiet, doesn’t kill birds and is more efficientt that’s not so terrible. BTW, where’s your design?

  • Tracy M

    Another GREAT JOB by MNDOT! Boooo Spend the money, help keep our roads SAFE and CLEAN. You shouldnt budget safe roads.

  • Park_Barrington

    you should all fly planes to work like me. stupid-heads.
    (now five of you melt down in the comments below, thanks!)

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