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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – With more snow forecasted to move through Minnesota over the next few days, the Department of Public Safety has reminded drivers to use extra caution.

There were four fatal crashes throughout the state amid Monday’s snowfall, including one on Interstate 94 involving a jackknifed semi.

There were also fatal crashes in Aitkin, Big Stone and Becker Counties. All involved vehicles either losing control and running off the road or crashing into other vehicles or objects.

“These crashes are tragic reminders that we need to be especially cautious when driving during winter weather,” Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said. “With more winter weather on the way, we need everyone to drive at safe speeds and provide for plenty of travel time as road conditions can change in an instant.”

The department pointed out that last year there were 5,688 crashes on snow- or ice-covered roads in Minnesota. Twenty-eight people were killed and another 3,109 were injured in 2012.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation took the opportunity to ask drivers not to crowd plows working to clear and sand roadways.

WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says that the Twin Cities could see anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snow over the next few days.

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