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Drivers, Street Crews Dealing With Weekend Wintry Mix

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says the rain that fell early Saturday might have washed away the chemicals used to pre-treat Minnesota roads against ice.

In response, crews throughout the state were busy clearing up what had been left of last week’s storm while waiting for precipitation to fall overnight.

In St. Paul, the city’s crews worked to clear up the side streets that have given drivers like Maycee Vang a serious headache. She got stuck Saturday on Winter Street, trying to turn onto Capitol Boulevard.

“I got stuck, so I had to reverse back,” Vang said. “I almost didn’t make it back.”

Mayor Chris Coleman rode with crews Saturday, checking out the main streets, which are rather clear, and side streets, which aren’t.

The early rain melted snow, making for wet streets that could freeze over as temperatures drop overnight.

For some, the thought of driving through another wintry mix has them re-thinking their weekend plans. But rain or snow, crews in both Minneapolis and St. Paul are planning to clear up side streets.

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