MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The roads around the Twin Cities were a mess Sunday afternoon following a combination of snow and freezing rain, and it isn’t make the Monday commute to work much easier.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation had plows out in full force overnight cleaning up roads and putting down salt, but several vehicles still ended up sliding off the roads and some got into crashes. Authorities said between midnight and 7 a.m., there were 35 crashes statewide, including seven injury crashes and one serious injury crash.
The State Patrol said there were also 12 rollover crashes and 19 vehicles that went off the road.
The morning commute, between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. saw an additional 27 crashes — five with injuries but none that were serious or fatal. During that time, 21 vehicles spun out or went off the road.
Authorities said many areas in the Twin Cities were experiencing icy conditions, so motorists need to slow down and take it easy on the roads.
Dense fog also created problems for drivers with low visibility. Main highways appear to be cleared of moisture, but ramps and secondary streets are still slippery. You’re encouraged to give yourself extra time if you’re heading to work Monday morning.