Minneapolis Public Schools cancels after-school activities, warns of bus delays

The icy roads haven't improved much from the morning commute.
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Minneapolis schools held classes as usual today, but district has decided to cancel all after-school activities and most athletic events as travel conditions from overnight freezing rain haven't improved enough.

"This decision was made due to transportation delays experienced throughout the day and deteriorating weather conditions," MPS said

"For students who take the bus home, we expect there may continue to be significant delays this afternoon," MPS added, advising parents that they can work with the schools directly if they'd prefer to pick their children up instead. 

It's unclear if other schools in the metro will follow Minneapolis' lead. 

A school bus from the Hopkins district slid 50 feet sideways and needed to be towed from an icy road in the west metro earlier in the day. It was one of nearly 175 crashes statewide between 5-11 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. 

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Dozens of metro-area schools started Monday classes two hours late because of the poor driving conditions, and it appears that the commute home from school and work could be a repeat of the morning. 

Below is a road conditions map from MnDOT reflective of 1:40 p.m.. The blue-covered roadways mean they're partially covered in ice and the purple diamonds are crash reports, of which there were 23 of them in the metro at the time. 

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Tuesday through Thursday might feature brutal driving conditions as snow is forecast to move through the Twin Cities twice during that stretch, with up to 10 inches total possible if the forecast remains on track

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