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Accidents Abound with New Snow

Winter Storm Warnings, Advisories in Place Nearly Statewide

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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:18 am | Updated: 10:08 am, Fri Mar 21, 2014.

The accidents added up this morning across West Central Minnesota.  Conditions have not improved this afternoon. 

  • According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation there is a vehicle on fire along westbound I-94 between MN 29 and MN 127 (1 mile west of the Osakis area) [Updated @ 2:34pm].
  • At 2:44pm this afternoon MNDOT reports a crash on Highway 29S, about one mile north of Glenwood.  The crash is located between Minnesota Highway 55 and Pope County Road 28.
  • At one point this midday I-94 Eastbound lanes of I-94 near Opportunity Drive in St Cloud were closed due to multiple crashes.  It has since been re-opened.

MNDOT also reported at least four local incidences on the roads prior to 9:00a.m.

  • The first is a Jackknifed semi trailer in the eastbound lane of I-94 between Exit 82 and Exit 90: Douglas County Road 7 (near Brandon).
  • The second involves a vehicle that spun out on I-94 eastbound between MN 27 and Exit 100 (near Alexandria).   This is near the enclosed photo of a semi-trailer that went in the ditch near the eastbound I-94 on-ramp across the intersection from the Pilot truck stop. 
  • Between MN 127 and Exit 119: Todd County Road 46 (near West Union) there is a reported crash on the I-94 westbound lane.
  • Near that one another spin out has taken place, also in the westbound I-94 lane, between MN 127 and Exit 119: Todd County Road 46 (1 mile east of the Osakis area).

The State Patrol says that in the state of Minnesota 19 people have died since March 1st on Minnesota highways.

Moderate to heavy snow is falling this (Tue) morning in areas north of the Twin Cities metro, and a winter storm warning is in effect through tomorrow (Wed) morning north and west of a line from Granite Falls to St. Cloud and Pine City. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say a total of six to twelve inches is expected. Central and much of southern Minnesota are under a winter weather advisory and could see three to six inches of new snow. The only area expected to be mostly spared by this storm is the far southeast corner of the state, with Rochester expected to get just an inch; however, meteorologists say isolated portions of the southeast region could see one to three inches of accumulation.

For the latest in road conditions visit www.511mn.org