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Difficult driving, numerous crashes reported, as rain changes to ice

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Road conditions are deteriorating across Minnesota as rain changes over to ice and snow. The Minnesota State Patrol is warning of slippery conditions in a band from southwestern to northeastern Minnesota, and conditions are getting worse in the Twin Cities metro area as well.

Monday evening, look for the rain and sleet to turn into snow in the Twin Cities, with 1-2 inches of accumulation expected.

The heaviest snow band will likely set up just south of Highway 23 from extreme northwest Wisconsin through central Minnesota, with 2-4 inches of snow possible.

Xcel Energy crews are also working to restore power to some isolated portions of southwest Minnesota where snow and ice knocked out power to customers in a few rural communities.

As of Monday evening, Xcel was reporting nearly 1,300 customers without power in the communities of Ruthton, Tyler, Pipestone, Florence, Holland, Balaton, Garvin, Chandler and Lake Wilson.

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