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Roads a little better, still not ready for prime time. State Patrol: Stay home if you can.


Driving conditions are still pretty bad two days after the snowstorm that walloped most of Minnesota, according to WCCO.

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are saying there is some improvement, but many roads remain icy, especially south of the Twin Cities and in Western Wisconsin.

MNDOT posted a warning about slippery roads and slow going along I-35 from Burnsville to just south of Forest Lake.

Some state highways that were closed yesterday have reopened, but many remain down. You can find current road conditions on MNDOT's website, here.

MNDOT's Facebook page has many pictures, updates and some complaints from drivers.

The city of Minneapolis announced parking restrictions that will be in effect until April 1. Drivers may not park on the even numbered side of non-Snow Emergency Routes.

Fox 9 posted a list of Snow Emergency rules for more than a dozen cities, here.

KAAL reported Saturday morning that more than 1.000 households were still without power in Southeastern Minnesota.

The Austin Daily Herald reported Saturday morning that I-35 had reopened but MNDOT's travel advisory was still in effect for all of southeastern Minnesota because of hazardous driving conditions with blowing snow, icy patches and reduced visibility. The advisory is for Mower, Rice, Steele, Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Winona and Wabasha counties.

The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers have responded to nearly 700 crashes since the snow started falling Thursday afternoon. Another 1,900 cars spun out or went off the road, and there were more than 800 stalled vehicles. It is urging people to stay home Saturday if they can.

The National Park Service has reopened the Apostle Island National Lakesore, according to the Pioneer Press, but the park's website says alerts are still in effect, so visitors should be sure to call the ice line before they come at (715) 779-3397 extension 3.

The legendary Birkebeiner cross country ski race is underway as planned, with more than ten thousand skiers and twice as many spectators. It's the largest race of its kind in North America; a 50-kilometer ski from the Lumberjack Bowl in Hayward to Telemark Lodge in Cable, Wisconsin. Real-time results are available here.

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