Well, that was unpleasant. This morning’s mix of wintery precipitation prompted a round of “what is this stuff falling from the sky?” on Twitter and Facebook … and it’s a good question.
The Minnesota State Patrol says freezing rain contributed to more than 20 semi-trucks going off the road Friday in west central and northwest Minnesota. Sgt. Jesse Grabow says 38 crashes were reported as of Friday afternoon, 20 of which involved semis. Twenty-seven of the crashed were rollovers, according to Grabow.
Police in Duluth are urging residents to stay home because of freezing rain that has created dangerous driving conditions.
The State Patrol is warning drivers in northwestern Minnesota to stay home, and stay off the roads. Places along Interstate 29 have zero visibility Saturday night. Earlier Saturday, the State Patrol advised no travel near parts of Moorhead. Many cars and trucks have slid off the roadway.
The National Weather Service says wind chills in South Dakota are dipping to near 40 below. Readings hit 39 below in Huron and 33 below in Sioux Falls at 5 a.m. Monday. The northern part of the state has been under a wind chill warning.
It could be an eventful first half of the weekend for much of the Twin Cities if the forecast plays out as anticipated.
Freezing rain and sleet has hit the Twin Cities and soon enough, that wintry mix will turn to snow — leaving quite a mess behind.
Hundreds of people went to area hospitals Tuesday after slipping and falling on icy streets and sidewalks.
We’ve got quite the mess of moisture that will make conditions incredibly slick on Sunday.
A mix of ice and freezing rain with spots of snow in some parts of Minnesota is making for a potentially dangerous driving situation.
It’s nowhere near the snow output that we saw a week ago, but a juicy storm system will make roads very messy this weekend.
MnDOT officials say they are ready for the freezing rain and two to four inches of snow expected to fall between Friday night and late Saturday in the metro area. They want drivers to be prepared for the conditions by practicing safe winter driving habits.
The sloppy, wintry mess that Minnesota has thus far mostly avoided has arrived, with many parts of the state seeing a nasty mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
We’ve been basking in this winter’s warm sunshine, all the while forgetting about the rigors of shoveling snow, but something deep down in some of us said it was too good to be true.
Minnesotans will likely wake up to snowflakes Monday morning as they prepare for the workweek and their commutes.