What it was like driving in Minnesota this morning

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Freezing drizzle and fog overnight made roads and sidewalks in the southern half of Minnesota icy Tuesday morning, while conditions in the northern half of the state are much snowier, the National Weather Service says.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were 289 crashes, which resulted in 43 injuries, as well as 277 spinouts or vehicles going off the road in Minnesota between 5 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday.

That included dozens of spinouts and crashes in the Twin Cities Tuesday morning, the Minnesota State Patrol says, including on eastbound Interstate 394. MnDOT officials closed the freeway near 12th Street in downtown Minneapolis briefly around 8:45 a.m. because of glare ice conditions, the Star Tribune says. The road has since reopened.

Meanwhile in northwestern Minnesota – which has gotten between 8-13 inches of snow since Sunday – officials are urging people not to travel because of blowing snow which is making it hard to see.

For the latest on road conditions statewide, click here.

It's getting colder

Temperatures were hovering around 30 degrees in the Twin Cities at 6 a.m. Tuesday, but they're going to drop.

By noon, it'll be about 10 degrees in the metro, then by 6 p.m. it'll get down to 7 degrees, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities tweeted. Sub-zero wind chills are expected across the state by Tuesday night, the weather service notes.

These negative temperatures will stick around through the end of the week. The forecast shows the "feels like" temperature will be in the minus-20 to minus-35 degree range Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings across the state.

After Tuesday, no more precipitation is expected through the weekend.

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