I-35 gradually re-opening after multiple crashes in whiteout conditions

Heavy snow has made conditions extremely difficult.
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UPDATE 3:45 P.M.

Lanes of I-35 are gradually being re-opened, although there are still some crashes yet to be cleared. 


Interstate 35 has now been closed between Faribault and Medford after multiple crashes on the 4-mile stretch of interstate in whiteout conditions.

Vehicles caught within the closure are stuck on the road until the crashes have been cleared.

1:25 P.M.

The snowstorm sweeping across Minnesota is already causing havoc on the roads, particularly I-35 in southeast Minnesota.

Traffic has been brought to a stop between Medford and Faribault, with drivers told to avoid the interstate altogether.

"Heavy snow has caused so many crashes along that stretch that cars are at a standstill," the Minnesota Department of Transportation says.

Minnesota 511 shows a litany of crashes and spinouts on I-35 between the Twin Cities and the Minnesota border.

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Roads to the west and southwest of the Twin Cities are also experiencing multiple accidents.

Meanwhile large areas of the southwest of the state, which is where the snow is expected to fall the heaviest, are currently under no travel advisories.

Upwards of two feet of snow are forecast for the Marshall and Morris areas over the next 48 hours.

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Roads are passable in the Twin Cities as of early afternoon, but conditions are expected to get increasingly difficult throughout the metro as the day wears on.

The metro area is expected to now get between 8-14 inches of snow, after predicted totals had earlier been revised down to 2-8 inches.

You can find a list of Thursday school closures here, and the latest forecast here.

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