Dozens of crashes in Twin Cities, I-694 re-opens in Shoreview

Brutal roads in southern Minnesota from accumulating snow.
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UPDATE 2:45 P.M. 

Interstate 694 eastbound between Victoria Street in Shoreview and Rice Street in Vadnais Heights has re-opened, but traffic remains very slow in the area due to numerous prior accidents. 

Check current road conditions here. This is what the metro traffic map looked like at 2:50 p.m. The purple markers represent crash sites. 

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Original story 1:20 p.m.

A snowy Sunday has resulted in a terrible traffic and dozens of crashes in the Twin Cities metro area. 

The worst of the worst is on Interstate 694 where the eastbound lanes are currently closed between Victoria Street in Shoreview to the Rice Street exit in Vadnais Heights.

At 1:20 p.m. MnDOT said it would remain closed for at least the next 45 minutes because there are "numerous crashes" near the Victoria Street exit. 

North St. Paul Police Department is urging people to stay home, and avoid interstates 694 and 94 "at all cost." 

According to MnDOT's road conditions map, there are crashes all along I-94 from Monticello to Maple Grove, and pretty much every artery in the metro has numerous crashes and spinouts. 

All of the purple markers represent crashes (as of 1:40 p.m.)

All of the purple markers represent crashes (as of 1:40 p.m.)

There are also a handful of crashes in St. Cloud and a bunch more in Mankato and Rochester. 

"Slow down. A series of spinouts on Hwy 52 northbound north of Rochester," said MnDOT's southeast district on Twitter, adding that "vehicles traveling too fast for conditions and sliding into ditch as they encountered traffic slowed for other crashes."

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Snow is expected to continue through about 6 p.m. before tapering off. Another round of heavy snow is possible Monday night and Tuesday. 

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