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Slippery roads, car fire create 2013's last awful morning commute

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Despite reduced traffic because of the New Year's Eve holiday, the morning commute must have driven many motorists to consider taking off their hats and gloves so they could pull out their hair.

The Pioneer Press reports the bitter temperatures meant road conditions remained dangerous in many areas. Dozens of spinouts and crashes slowed traffic to a standstill throughout the metro area system on Tuesday morning.

Patch had a picture of a car ablaze near Silver Lake Road and I-694 in New Brighton. It caused major delays for north metro commuters while part of the freeway was blocked for nearly an hour. The vehicle crashed into the median and caught fire, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. No injuries were reported.

The Star Tribune reports that crashes or spinouts created sluggish travel on Hwy. 62 in Edina, Hwy. 280 in St. Paul and I-35E in Burnsville. Even some commuters who rely on public transportation were not immune from a frustrating ride to work. Mechanical trouble on the Blue Line created problems for the light rail system. The train broke down at the Lake Street station, according to Metro Transit, forcing buses to bridge the gap for travelers. Significant delays are still expected along the route.

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