MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s been nearly two days since a winter storm hit the Twin Cities and other parts of Minnesota, but driving conditions remain extremely difficult on many roads.
Officials said there is some improvement in road conditions as of Saturday morning, but not much. MnDOT crews are doing the best they can, but the combination of the snow and cold temperatures is making it tough to clear roads and highways.
One area that caused a lot of problems for drivers is Interstate 694. A layer of ice on the road turned one area into a parking lot for much of the morning and early afternoon on Friday. Traffic is slow going again all over the Twin Cities Saturday.
Authorities said the worst areas remains south of the metro. The icy roads and blowing snow forced officials to close down a number of state highways and freeways. Some have re-opened, but the driving conditions are still considered dangerous.
Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol said since Thursday’s storm started, State Troopers responded to 964 crashes statewide. They’ve also responded to 2,324 vehicles spun out or off the road, 1,082 stalls, 74 jack-knifed semis and 52 motorists needing assistance. They’ve responded to more than 4,400 total calls for service.
Troopers said Friday the driving conditions are the worst they’ve seen in 25 years.
MnDOT is working around the clock to clear the roads.
“Every system is struggling today. City streets, county roads, it’s a parking lot. My driveay,” said Kevin Gutknecht with MnDOT.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports