Crashes piling up as overnight snow leaves roads covered and slick

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Even with a lighter commute as workers are off for the holiday, roads in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota are loaded with crashes. 

The snow is winding down, but heavy accumulations overnight mixed with gusty northwest winds are making travel conditions hazardous. At 6:30 a.m., Twin Cities-area roads were littered with at least 30 crashes, and despite lower traffic volume the snow-covered roads have made getting anywhere slower than usual. 

Every purple marker represents a crash. 

Every purple marker represents a crash. 

Believe it or not, there were far more crashes and spinouts just before 1 a.m., as evidenced in this tweet by the National Weather Service. 

Crews have been working throughout the night and morning clearing roads, but the quick bursts of snow overnight have left roadways in most of the state covered in snow. 

"The plows are out. The wind is still blowing and this will delay our ability to get roads back to normal driving conditions this morning," says MnDOT in south-central Minnesota. "Give yourself plenty of time as you walk out the door and start your commute this morning."

In central Minnesota, numerous crashes are being reported in and around St. Cloud, with MnDOT in the area urging motorists to slow down. 

Most travelers heading to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport shouldn't experience any unsightly delays or cancellations, as airport officials have been able to keep operations mostly normal. 

The majority of flights, which you can see here, are on time, while the only cancellations are for flights to smaller airports in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. All in all, things look pretty good. 

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