Crashes mounting in Twin Cities, power outages possible in SE MN

Ice is causing big problems on Minnesota's roads.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m. 

Hundreds of crashes have been reported across the state, according to the State Patrol. 

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Meteorologist Paul Douglas warns that severe icing in southeastern Minnesota could cause damage to trees and power outages between now and when the storm is over on Tuesday. 

Douglas says up to a 1/2 inch of ice could accumulate from freezing rain in parts of southeast Minnesota, including points not too far south and east of the Twin Cities. 

MnDOT Twitter is literally reporting a new crash in the Twin Cities every few minutes. 

Roads in the Twin Cities are partially covered with snow while roads in southern Minnesota (shaded in pink) are completely covered as of noon Monday. 

Video from Mike Donahue in Stacyville, Iowa, which is just a few miles across the Minnesota border, or about a half hour south of Austin, Minnesota, shows iced power lines blowing in gusty winds Monday morning. 

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