The snow that fell for much of Saturday in the southern third of Minnesota created slippery road conditions, and a spate of accidents occurred as a result.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating two deadly crashes that occurred on icy roads Saturday, and is reporting many other spinouts and crashes.
One accident occurred on Hwy. 212 in Carver County Saturday afternoon involving an SUV and a pickup truck. The SUV was traveling east on the highway when it lost control and slid sideways into the westbound lane, and was hit broadside by a Ford Ranger traveling west.
Two people in the SUV, a 29-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy, died in the crash. The 29-year-old male driver and a 4-year-old boy who were in the vehicle were seriously injured, according to the state patrol. Their names have not yet been released.
The driver of the truck, Matthew Radde, 33, of Excelsior, was taken to Ridgeview Waconia Medical Center with noncritical injuries, the patrol said.
The second accident occurred about 5 p.m. in Kandiyohi County, when the driver of a Ford pickup truck lost control on the Hwy. 71/23 bypass, according to KSTP.
The State Patrol says the pickup was northbound on the bypass when it went off the road, rolled and came to rest in the left median. The driver was killed, and a passenger in the truck was not injured, according to the patrol. The driver's name has not been released.
Three vehicles got into a chain reaction crash in Interstate 35 in Rice County about 3 p.m. Saturday. The patrol says one of the cars couldn't stop on the slippery road and ran into the car ahead of it. A third vehicle then ran into the second one. One of the three drivers was injured, according to KAAL.
The National Weather service issued a winter weather advisory in southern Minnesota through midnight Saturday. Between 3-5 inches of snow are expected to fall. Travel is expected to be difficult, especially along Interstate 90.
Affected counties include: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Redwood, Steele, Waseca and Watonwan.
The snow hasn't slowed down Minnesotans. It's opening weekend for many Minnesota ski resorts, and skiers are heading out to hit the fresh powder. Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area near Red Wing and Afton Alps near Hastings are both making snow and opening runs, KTTC reports.
Runners also geared up in Rochester for the Triton Multisport 5K. More than 200 people participated in the winter run - the first of three winter races sponsored by Terraloco store.
The Twin Cities should get a lighter dusting of snow. The temperature is hovering around 15 degrees below normal, according to MPR. The chilly, 11-degree weather didn't stop a Minnesota Gophers football coach from eating an ice cream bar on the sidelines at TCF Bank Stadium during the game against Ohio State.
The chilly weather is expected to continue through next week, before warming up for Thanksgiving, the Star Tribune reports.