Slippery commutes give way to bitter cold the rest of the week

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The snow tapered off Tuesday morning, but many roads remained slick for the morning commute.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation worked through the night to plow and salt the roads ahead of the commute, WCCO reports, but the National Weather Service says the snow, breezy northwest winds and cold morning temperatures could lead to black ice on the roadways – especially on bridges and overpasses.

KSTP says the commute will be a five out of 10 on the "hassle factor" because people will be adjusting their speeds for the slippery roads. However, less people are expected to be on the roads because of the Veterans Day holiday, so delays should be at a minimum, the news station notes.

MnDOT's website shows roads in the metro area were either completely covered or partially covered in snow ahead of the morning commute.

WCCO says at least two people died in crashes during this season's first winter storm Monday. A driver in south-central Minnesota was killed when they lost control and collided with a semi-truck and a driver in Carver County died after their vehicle went into a ditch southwest of Minneapolis.

The state patrol responded to 475 crashes, including 45 involving injuries, and 702 vehicles off the road or spin-outs between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Eric Roeske on Twitter.

KSTP says there were three accidents involving state troopers Monday; one of them was caught on camera (see video below).

Officials say a state trooper and police officer were responding to a jackknifed semi around 10 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 94 in Rogers when another semi hit their vehicles, KSTP notes. No one was seriously injured.

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The storm also affected flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Star Tribune reports 175 flights were canceled and others were significantly delayed – up to three hours – through Monday evening. Airport officials told the newspaper things should get back to normal Tuesday.

Some schools also were delayed or closed Tuesday morning, according to FOX 9.

Cold weather ahead

The temperature is expected to plummet after the winter storm dumped over a foot of snow in some areas of the state. The weather service has a map of preliminary snow totals from around the state. Check it out here.

The mercury in the thermometer isn't expected to get above freezing this week.

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