Snow emergencies declared; crashes continue to pile up in Twin Cities

Minneapolis and St. Paul have both declared snow emergencies.
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Motorists across the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota are struggling with difficult conditions on the roads after overnight snow.

The Minnesota State Patrol says that between midnight and 10 a.m., it had received reports of 134 crashes and 137 vehicle spinouts. Fortunately, there have been no serious injuries.

Meanwhile, this was the state of play at 11:30 a.m. across the metro, with multiple crashes and spinouts reported including one involving a semi-trailer that shut down westbound I-694 in the east metro.

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The State Patrol says the jack-knifed semi trailer was cleared and the road was re-opened by 11:45 a.m.

Elsewhere there were crashes and spinouts on I-494, Hwys. 169 and 62, and I-35E in treacherous conditions.

Snow emergencies declared

While several Twin Cities suburbs declared snow emergencies either last night or early this morning, it took until mid-morning for Minneapolis and St. Paul to follow suit.

There will be no parking on snow emergency routes in Minneapolis starting 9 p.m. Monday, which is when plowing commences.

You can find more information about the Minneapolis snow emergency here, and you can re-acquaint yourself with the rules in the video below.

The snow emergency route map can be found here.

The snow emergency also goes into effect at 9 p.m. in St. Paul, when the "Night Plow routes" will be plowed.

More information on the St. Paul snow emergency can be found here.

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