The Latest: Hundreds of crashes, spinouts across Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm in Minnesota (all times local):
The Minnesota State Patrol reports hundreds of crashes and spinouts as a powerful winter storm sweeps across the southern half of the state.
As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, the patrol reports 184 crashes statewide since midnight. Thirteen of those crashes involved injuries, and a serious injury accident happened in Eden Prairie, but no fatalities are reported. Nearly 300 vehicles spun out or left the road, and 30 jack-knifed semis were reported.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted a no travel advisory for parts of southwest Minnesota. But the agency says motorists should be aware the blowing snow is still an issue.
The National Weather Service reports 17 inches of snow fell near Owatonna as of late Monday afternoon.
Gov. Mark Dayton has called out the Minnesota National Guard to help stranded motorists as a winter storm sweeps across the southern half of the state.
Interstate 35 is closed between Owatonna and Faribault. Authorities are advising motorists to stay off the roads in southern Minnesota because of blizzard conditions.
The storm is interrupting flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says more than 400 flights have been canceled as of Monday afternoon, and flight delays are averaging about six hours.
The National Weather Service reports 13.5 inches of snow in Cannon Falls and 10 inches near Albert Lea.
Minnesota State University, Mankato closed early because of the severe weather.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising against traveling in portions of southwest Minnesota because of white out conditions. The visibility issue extends from Worthington east to Albert Lea and north to Mankato. The roadways involved include portions of Highway 30, Highway 91 and Highway 59.
A blizzard warning is in effect for much of south central and southeastern Minnesota.
Dozens of school districts canceled classes Monday, including Albert Lea, Mankato, Rochester and Winona.
A winter storm is expected to intensify as the day goes on, bringing more than a foot of snow to southern Minnesota.
Rochester, Albert Lea and Winona are among school districts closed Monday as road conditions deteriorate. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning to the south where the storm could drop 10 to 14 inches of snow in an area from Fairmont to near Mankato and Red Wing.
Travel on Interstate 90 is expected to be treacherous later Monday, along with I-35 heading south from the Twin Cities.
Forecasters say the Twin Cities could see 6 to 8 inches of snow.