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Snow causes slick roads, crash shuts down Hwy. 169 near Elk River

It's unclear if there were any fatalities in the crash.
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A burst of snow caused slippery driving conditions in parts of Minnesota Friday morning, including in the Twin Cities, and the State Patrol is reminding motorists to slow down, turn on headlights, buckle up and use extra caution. 

State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow tweeted a photo from a crash near Barnsville, where a driver ran off the road and down a ditch. Meanwhile, a more severe injury crash in the northwest metro has shut down northbound Hwy. 169 at Hwy. 10 near Elk River. 

MnDOT announced just after 9 a.m. that the highway would be closed for approximately three hours. The severity of the crash isn't stated by the State Patrol, but KSTP is reporting that it is a fatal crash east of the Mississippi River bridge at the Highway 101/169/10 interchange. 

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Where temps are colder in northwest Minnesota and into North Dakota, reports of icy roads have made driving conditions difficult. 

"Icy road conditions are being reported in southeast North Dakota mainly along the I-94 corridor between Valley City and Fargo. If you plan on traveling in this area this morning, please use caution, do not use cruise control, and SLOW DOWN," said the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service. 

More difficult driving conditions can be anticipated in northern Minnesota this weekend as a storm system is expected to drop anywhere from a trace to five inches of snow. 

"Snow will be melting as it falls, but should be heavy enough in most areas to see a few inches of accumulation, mostly in grassy areas. However, some slushy roadways are not out of the question early Saturday morning," the weather service in Grand Forks said. 

"Most locations that see accumulations will be in the 1- to 5-inch range, but there is the potential for a few spots to get higher amounts. Snow will taper off Saturday afternoon, but strong northwesterly winds will make for a wintery October day."

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