Crashes, spinouts mounting ahead of PM commute in Twin Cities

As the snow started falling, reports of spinouts started coming in.
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A spinout on Highway 100 this afternoon.

A spinout on Highway 100 this afternoon.

Those heading home from work for the day can expect a long journey back, as afternoon snow is causing havoc on the roads.

The heaviest snow started falling early on Tuesday afternoon, and pretty soon afterwards the crashes, spinouts and stalls started on major metro roads.

At 2 p.m., there were incidents causing delays reported on I-94 in St. Paul, several on I-35W in Minneapolis and Bloomington, on Hwy. 100 in Crystal and St. Louis Park, and on I-35E in White Bear Lake.

By this time, roads in the Twin Cities were considered to be "partially covered" with snow, and conditions will worsen as the snowfall continues, with the metro area now potentially seeing 4-7 inches of snow fall the rest of the day.

The situation at 2:15 p.m.

The situation at 2:15 p.m.

Snow plows have been deployed throughout the metro's main highways, with motorists being advised by the State Patrol to keep their distance from the vehicles in front, and to drive at speeds suited for the conditions.

It follows what has already been a hellish few days on Minnesota roads thanks to partial thaws and re-freezes that has led to glare and black ice on streets and highways across the state.

This story will be updated as more information about today's commute becomes available.

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