Low visibility, slick roads making for difficult travel

Sleet/mixed precipitation in metro later; Blizzard Warning west through Fri AM

Sloane Martin
April 11, 2019 - 6:13 am

According to State Patrol, by 9:30 p.m. Wednesday there were nearly 250 crashes statewide -- almost three dozen with injury -- with more than 200 spinouts and 18 jackknifed semis. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin schools are closed today and travel is difficult-to-not-advised everywhere south of Alexandria.

Driving wasn't better early Thursday morning with blowing snow reducing visibility and slick road conditions.

Thursday morning, dozens of flights at MSP Airport are delayed are cancelled, so check with your airline ahead of time. MNDot spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says hundreds of plows were out overnight to get a head start, but once they're able to freely move after rush hour Thursday afternoon is when conditions will improve to make the commute home a little easier.

"I guess the silver lining in this giant snow cloud is that the warm temperatures do a couple of things," he said. "One, the pavement was pretty warm when this all started so that certainly helped keep it from sticking and freezing right away. Second, salt works well in these temperatures and we've got plenty of salt."

The Gopher spring football game Saturday was moved indoors because of weather. 



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