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Snow blankets roads in SE Minnesota; 'several' accidents reported, 1 fatal

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An inch or two of snow in southeast Minnesota Tuesday made driving in the region difficult.

The icy roads were to blame for at least one fatal crash in southern Minnesota Tuesday. The state patrol says a car lost control on Highway 218, crossing the center line into the path of an on-coming SUV.

The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities reported "several accidents" in the area, but more specific numbers were not available.

Spots such as Austin, Spring Valley and Theilman had an inch or more by early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service's snowfall report, and snow continued to fall for hours more.

Many roads in the area were listed as completely covered late Tuesday morning, but were listed as normal prior to the afternoon commute, according to the state Department of Transportation. Roads in northwestern Minnesota, however, were listed as partially covered with snow or ice.

KTTC meteorologist Randy Brock said 1-3 inches is expected for the region Tuesday. Snow plows were out early in anticipation of the accumulation.

Here's an up-to-date feed from the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Twitter account:

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