Intense winds have made driving (and flying) in Minnesota a pain

Roads are bad, the airport's been bad, the wind is bad.
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Wind damage in Minneapolis Monday

Wind damage in Minneapolis Monday

Minnesotans have been pelted by crazy winds for the past two days, with gusts as high as 66 mph recorded in regions of the state.

That's led to serious dangers, including "Oh my, I can't see anything" driving conditions in northwest Minnesota and "That power line is on fire" situations and power outages in other areas.

And the high gusts have increased the chances of big branches coming down – like the one in the photo above, taken on the west side of Minneapolis. (We feel awful for whoever's car that is, by the way – that really sucks.)

The National Weather Service Twin Cities said they haven't seen many reports of wind damage in the Twin Cities, but did get a couple outside the metro.

Flying has been difficult

The wind was also causing problems at the airport.

As of 4 p.m., flights out of MSP Airport were experiencing delays about 90 minutes on average, the flight-tracking website Flight Aware says.

So far today, 436 flights have been delayed out of MSP and 67 flights have been canceled, the website shows.

When the bad weather will end

The Twin Cities area is subject to a hazardous weather outlook into Monday night, for winds at 30-35 mph plus gusts up to 50 mph. That same warning applies for much of central Minnesota, from just south of Hinckley, west through St. Cloud, and past Morris.

The southern quarter of the state is facing a wind advisory until 6 p.m., with winds 30-40 mph and gusts up to 55 mph. People driving lighter vehicles might get pushed around a bit by the wind, and loose objects in a yard could get blown around. They also mentioned weaker branches might fall down.

Winter weather in the north

Meanwhile the northern half of the state is facing a winter weather advisory.

Light snow will continue this evening, and wind will keep blowing it around, the Weather Service says. That's affecting visibility, making roads dangerous. Combined with very slick roadways, vehicles can easily lose control.

This is in effect from about Hinckley north through the North Shore, all the way west until about Fergus Falls and Roseau.

The MnDOT 511 road conditions map shows how bad things are. Here it is as of about 4:15 p.m. Monday. That purple means roads are completely covered, while the blue is partially covered. Exclamation marks are crashes, and the little thermometers are high wind reports.

 Credit: MnDOT 511 road conditions map

Credit: MnDOT 511 road conditions map

The National Weather Service warning says things should clear up after 9 p.m. Monday.

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