Numerous crashes, spinouts reported as snow hits Minnesota

Officials are reminding people to slow down and turn on their headlights as motorists deal with the season's first bout of winter weather.
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Roads across much of Minnesota are getting slippery as snow continues to fall, causing crashes and spinouts Tuesday afternoon.

This first major snowfall of the season, which could dump as many as 6 inches in central Minnesota that are under a winter storm warning, has forced Minnesotans to remember how to drive in the snow earlier than normal. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's website shows numerous crashes, including spinouts and vehicles going off the road, throughout the Twin Cities and central Minnesota Tuesday afternoon, where roads are partially or completely covered in snow.

As of 12:20 p.m., Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said troopers in central Minnesota responded to 21 vehicles that either crashed or ran off the road and required assistance, including one that went off the road on Interstate 94 near Highway 15 in St. Cloud. 

Grabow also said a semi-trailer jackknifed on I-94 westbound near Alexandria, closing the roadway. No one was injured.

The Minnesota State Patrol is reminding motorists to slow down, give yourself extra time to get to where you're going and turn on your headlights. 

And things could get worse on the roads. The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, which has issued a winter storm warning for the Twin Cities metro and counties along the Highway 12 corridor until 7 p.m., says the snow will be heaviest during the afternoon commute.

Meanwhile, Tuesday's storm could produce near-record daily snowfall amounts across the area. 

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