Woman dies after a crash on an icy, snowy road

Heavy, wet snow fell across western and central Minnesota – making driving dangerous.
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A Minnesota woman died Monday morning after her car slid off a snowy, icy road.

The State Patrol says the 64-year-old was driving an SUV, heading south on Highway 169 in northwest Aitkin just before 7 a.m. The SUV left the road and rolled, landing in 3 feet of water.

The woman, Lorene Kay Weimer, was dead by the time first responders got there. She did have her seatbelt on.

About 90 people have died on Minnesota's roads so far in 2017, behind last year's pace when there were 106 deaths at this time. State officials hope to have fewer than 300 traffic fatalities a year by 2020.

Snow and rain for Minnesota on May 1

The southwest, west-central and central areas of Minnesota have been dealing with heavy, wet snow on this first day of May.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow with the State Patrol has been tweeting photos from around Fergus Falls, where a rain-snow mix has made driving difficult.

You can see a snowfall totals map here. Cities in the far southwest like Edgerton (5 inches) and Marshall (4 inches) have gotten the most snow, with central Minnesota seeing in the 1- to 2.5-inch range. Cities on the Iron Range and North Shore have gotten a few inches as well.

The MnDOT 511 road conditions map shows some partially covered highways in those areas.

The Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota has gotten rain most of the day. Read more about Monday's weather in this earlier story.

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