First snow storm causes traffic accidents
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported 137 traffic accidents statewide between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday as the first snow accumulated on the ground. Eighty-eight of those were in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, but none were with any serious injuries, reports the Star Tribune.
Snow started falling Saturday morning and continued throughout the day. Many places, including the Twin Cities, were covered in one to three inches by midday.
Many residents went out Saturday morning to stock up at grocery and hardware stores. The snow is forecast to continue and accumulate to as many as 16 inches in some parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.
MnDOT reported difficult driving conditions from all areas of the state. Southern Minnesota was seeing snow mixed with sleet come down and gusts of wind up to 20 mph.
State Patrol Lt. Tom Schmitz said the best driving plan in this kind of storm is none. He suggests to not put your schedule before your safety. Reducing speed, using headlights and seat belts and leaving plenty of room between vehicles are all good precautions to take.