Ice havoc leaves drivers stuck for hours across the Twin Cities

Drivers pulled to the side of the road in the west metro, while a school bus slid sideways in Eden Prairie.
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Drivers who ventured out before the "no travel" advisory was issued in the Twin Cities Saturday morning found themselves in some case stuck for hours on icy roads.

The picture above was taken on Hwy. 7 in the west metro, where motorists pulled to the side of the road, such was the treacherousness of the conditions.

National Weather Service meteorologist Lisa Schmidt took the pictures, and said her typical 35-minute commute from her home in Delano to the NWS office in Chanhassen took more than 5 hours.

She eventually arrived at the office around 11:15 a.m.

There were similar tales across the metro on Saturday morning, including on the Mendota bridge where traffic was at gridlock from early on.

Conditions started returning to normal as the temperature warmed up Saturday afternoon, but not before 357 crashes, 149 spinouts and 13 jackknifed semis were reported between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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Metro Transit announced the suspension of its bus services at around 7:30 a.m., with this staying in place for five hours until conditions improved.

Elsewhere on Saturday, there was hearts in mouths in Eden Prairie, where a school bus slid sideways down an icy street, going right through an intersection that was akin to a skating rink.

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