Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders are hitting roads and highways across the nation's heartland, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some areas and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.
State transportation officials are opening some western Minnesota highways that were closed due to the snow storm. Highway 10 between Moorhead and Audubon reopened Monday, as well as Highway 210 between Fergus Falls and Breckenridge.
The Minnesota State Patrol says, as of 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, they've responded to 239 crashes statewide. Thirty-two of them involved injuries, but none were serious or deadly. They also assisted with 398 incidents where vehicles spun out or left the road. And they also had two semis jacknife.
Heavy snow and strong winds are complicating travel in far southeastern Minnesota. Winds were gusting up to 39 mph in Rochester at 4 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service says 7 inches of snow had fallen on Rochester as of noon, while Mantorville had 7.5 inches as of 12:30 p.m.