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Ice, blowing snow cause more driving nightmares on I-94 and I-35

There have been several crashes and spinouts reported.

After major incidents closed I-94 and I-35 for a time on Thursday, there are more problems on Minnesota's busiest interstates on Friday.

As of lunchtime, there are several crashes and spinouts being reported on both freeways, as black ice and slushy snow make driving conditions treacherous.

On I-35 in Wyoming, the northbound freeway is down to one lane after five separate crashes, one of which required a driver to be extricated.

Wyoming Police Department is advising motorists to avoid the area.

Conditions are even worse south of the metro area, where the roads are considered "completely covered" with ice and blowing snow.

As of 1 p.m., police were dealing with crashes and spinouts at Faribault and Dundas, and a major crash involving several semi-trailers at Ellendale.

Elsewhere there have been crashes reported on I-94 west of the Twin Cities at Rogers, Monticello, and Clearwater.

The State Patrol has also announced that Hwy. 95 in Isanti County has been closed for an "extended period of time" due to a serious injury crash at Hwy. 47.

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In the Twin Cities, there was a vehicle spinout on I-35W just south of Minneapolis, while crashes have also been reported on I-494 in Plymouth and I-394 in St. Louis Park.

The situation is likely to get messier when the afternoon commute starts.

The State Patrol says that in the 12 hours between 9:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m., it responded to 232 crashes, 271 spinouts/vehicle off road, and 6 jack-knifed semis.

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