First snowfall brings nearly 450 crashes and one death

It was hard to drive anywhere Saturday and not see a crash or spinout on Minnesota's icy roads.

WCCO reports the season's first snowfall created havoc on state roads. State Patrol officials say since noon there have been 442 crashes statewide, 48 with serious injuries, and one fatality.

The travel conditions are less than ideal and out-of-practice drivers are battling the icy roads. State Patrol dispatcher Kael Payne says: “It’s getting pretty gnarly out there.”

KSTP says a ceremony at the State Capitol honoring fallen law enforcement officers has been canceled due to the snow, which is expected to total 1-2 inches in the Twin Cities and as much as 3-6 inches in parts of central Minnesota.

Halftime was extended during St. Cloud State's playoff football game Saturday so workers could remove snow. Patches of the field were cleared of 3-4 inches of snow, but it quickly accumulated again.

WCCO reports Interstate 94 near St. Cloud reopened late Saturday afternoon after closing due to multiple crashes, two of which involved state patrol squad cars.

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