Freezing makes for very icy morning commute; dozens of schools starting late

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Snow in northern Minnesota and freezing rain that fell overnight in southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities has made for dangerous driving conditions for the Monday morning commute. 

"Varied road conditions across the state. Snow covered roads, blowing snow, north. Icy conditions in the south," said MnDOT Director of Communications Kevin Gutknecht in a tweet. "Take your time traveling this a.m. Crews are out, salt is working but it will take time."

You can click here to get the latest road reports from MnDOT, and as you can see in the map below, roads were partially (blue) to completely (blue) covered in ice across southern Minnesota. 

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"The freezing rain last night has resulted in VERY icy conditions this morning! SLOW DOWN and prepare for the possibility of sliding through intersections,"says the National Weather Service Twin Cities. 

The treacherous travel conditions have prompted dozens of schools across the state to start two hours late, including a bunch in and around the metro area. Here's a partial list that features some metro-area schools, but click here for a statewide list

– Big Lake Public Schools - 2 hours late

– Belle Plaine Schools - 2 hours late

– Burnsville School District #191 - 2 hours late

– Centennial Public Schools ISD #12 - 2 hours late

– Delano School District - 2 hours late

– Elk River/Zimmerman/Otsego/Rogers Schools - 2 hours late

– Forest Lake District 831 - 2 hours late

– Jordan Schools - 2 hours late

– Lakeville School District #194 - 2 hours late

– Mahtomedi Public Schools - 2 hours late

– Orono Schools #278 - 2 hours late

– Prior Lake/Savage Area Schools - 2 hours late

– South St. Paul Public Schools - 2 hours late

– Stillwater Area Public Schools - 2 hours late

– Wayzata Public District #284 - 2 hours late

– Westonka School District - 2 hours late

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