Blustery and cold: Blowing snow, slippery roads continue

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A strong cold front is expected to usher in blustery winds, which could make travel difficult Sunday night into Monday – and the January-like temperatures are expected to stick around.

The National Weather Service says winds could cause blowing and drifting snow, making the roads and sidewalks slick, especially across west-central and south-central Minnesota Monday. Blowing snow could also make visibility difficult.

Slippery roadways are believed to have led to several fatal car accidents over the weekend.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of western Minnesota and a wind advisory is in effect for northwestern Minnesota.

Road in central Minnesota were partially covered, with roads in south western Minnesota completely covered with mixed snow, ice or slush, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Slick streets and blowing snow could cause some schools to have delayed starts Monday morning, KSTP reports.

Fatal crashes

The Twin Cities received over an inch of snow Saturday and the slick roads caused numerous spinouts and crashes this weekend, some were fatal.

Four people were killed in three separate accidents Saturday, and another person was killed in an accident Sunday morning.

Angelica Salas, 29, and her 6-year-old son Jorge Jr., died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 212 in Carver County Saturday afternoon. The driver, Jorge Sr., 29, and the couple's 4-year-old son Omar are in serious condition, according to WCCO.

They were traveling in an SUV that spun out into the path of a pickup truck, according to the state patrol. The driver of the truck suffered a non-life threatening injury.

Around 3 p.m. Saturday, the State Patrol says a vehicle driving westbound on Interstate-94 in Stearns County lost control and rolled. The driver, Patrick J. Thomes, 47, of Clearwater, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital, where he died from his injuries, the Pioneer Press reports.

A third fatal accident occurred in Kandiyohi County, when the driver of a pickup truck lost control and rolled after 5 p.m. Saturday on the Highway 71/23 bypass. Terry Wiederich, 49, of Gary, S.D., was killed. His passenger, Susan Wiederich, 55, was uninjured, according to the Pioneer Press.

For all three accidents the road conditions were listed as "icy."

The most recent fatal crash, involving three cars, happened Sunday morning on eastbound Interstate-94 at the Crow River Bridge in Rogers.

State police are investigating and haven't said if a slippery roadway lead to the crash, according to the incident report.

A portion of the interstate was closed Sunday morning following the crash, WCCO reports.

To date, 305 people have died in car accidents this year. That's less than the 325 people who were killed at this time in 2013, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

January-like temps continue

Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog that we're in for another "unnecessarily cold week" with highs in the teens, daytime windchills below zero and lows at night in negative numbers outside the Twin Cities.

The average temperature this time of year is in the 40s.

But, followed by this cold blast, more seasonable temperatures will return late this week and stick around into late November. Douglas wrote, "Anywhere else in America, 30s and 40s would be considered a cold front. Here? Sweet Relief."

If you needed more proof that Minnesotans can weather the winter:

With the cold and snow came a beautiful northern lights show:

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