Snow and black ice creates treacherous travel conditions

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – MnDOT is issuing a no travel advisory on Interstate 35 from the Iowa border to Highway 30 at Ellendale, because of poor visibility and drifting conditions. There’s also a no travel advisory on Highway 105 from Austin to the Iowa border.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports there were 137 crashes and 218 vehicle spinouts Tuesday statewide from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Along highway 63 several cars slid off the road into the ditches. One vehicle completely flipped over slowing traffic for at least a half over as crews responded on the scene. No word yet on if anyone was injured.

Near Dexter along interstate 90, a semi-truck collided with a snow plow at about 2:45 p.m. This the crash happened in the westbound lanes about a mile east of the Dexter exit.

In Rochester, highway 52 came to a standstill after a crash between an SUV and a semi-truck. State Patrol says one woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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MnDOT crews were hard at work around the clock to clear snow off the roads. According to the agency, at least 45 snowplows have been hit during this winter season. That includes 10 in southeast Minnesota since the new year.

“Our snow plows can clear a lot but it will pile up behind them, you get some compaction and that can create some slick spots,” said Meyer. “We always tell folks to slow down. Keep a good distance between yourself and a snow plow, we say ten car lengths.”

Linda Ha

Linda Ha

Reporter | @LindaHaTV | lha@kttc.com

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