At least 4 vehicles crashed into snowplows in southern Minnesota Wednesday

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At least four snowplows were hit by vehicles in southeastern Minnesota Wednesday, which has the state department of transportation reminding drivers to be cautious.

Slippery road conditions, combined with lightweight, blowing snow led to numerous accidents in the area, including four involving snowplows.

In a news release, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said two snowplows were rear-ended by passenger vehicles and a third by a semitruck between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday. One driver suffered non life threatening injuries, otherwise no other injuries were reported, KTTC reports.

Officials are reminding drivers to be patient and give snowplows plenty of space as they clear the roads and apply salt. MnDOT said it deployed more than 100 snowplows to southeastern Minnesota to cleanup from the winter storm.

As of 2 p.m., road conditions were listed as partially or completely covered in snow throughout southern Minnesota.

Snow is expected to move out of the southern Minnesota Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service says, with snow totals ranging from 2.5 to 5.7 inches in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.

Following the snow, temperatures are expected to drop well below normal and the cold air is expected to stick around through the first few days of March, according to MPR News' Updraft blog.

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