Season's first snow snarls morning commute with collisions

Categories: Weather, Winter
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Robert S. Donovan
Two snow plow collisions. Accidents in the double-digits. Yep, it's that time again: The Twin Cities' first snow fall of the season, and also the first round of remembering how to drive in the fluffy white stuff.

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Traffic throughout the metro slowed to a crawl this morning as commuters confronted icy intersections, frozen windshield wipers, and our first real snow accumulations -- set to hit between three and six inches by tonight. (In northeastern Minnesota, towns like Two Harbors have already gotten a whopping 28 inches, per MPR, and in Duluth, 16 inches).

By the close of morning rush hour today, the State Patrol was at work on 13 accidents in the metro area, including one on I-94 in Minneapolis, and another two on I-94 in St. Paul. Meanwhile, reports the Star Tribune's "The Drive" blog, two cars collided with snow plows.

For bus riders, the delays were quantifiable: An average of 12 minutes at 8:30 a.m., Metro Transit announced, with 37 percent of buses on time. By 10 a.m., 50 percent of buses were on track, but the average delay had dropped just one minute.

The storm's flurries first hit state-wide on Monday, and caused four fatal car crashes on day one, according to numbers from the state Office of Traffic Safety.

In other words: If you have to drive today, stay slow out there.
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Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

I walk to work and haven't touched my car in a week. Can I win a smugness award for that?

_Joe_
_Joe_

Some asshat got on the freeway in front of me going 18 mph at 11:30.  Traffic was moving about 45-50mph and he nearly caused several accidents.

PSA: If this is what you have to do to feel 'safe' driving, stay home or take alternative routes.  Stay off the major highways.

Taylor Nelson
Taylor Nelson

My commute was fine because I drive like an alert and capable adult.

Danielle Mumble
Danielle Mumble

Slow, long, and lots of morons on the road. I avoided a couple of accidents by pure luck.

Mariano Garcia
Mariano Garcia

Took me an hour and a half to get from NE mpls to EP... at least the current had a solid snow playlist this morning to keep me entertained...

Robert James
Robert James

I drove the speed limit, signaled, used my brakes. It worked out just fine.

Sizzle Pants Culp
Sizzle Pants Culp

All 2 miles? Not terrible. Made me happy I don't work in the suburbs full-time anymore.

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse

fine, although I wish the bike paths had been plowed.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Note to drivers: turning on your headlights is not a sign of weakness, but of intelligence.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Dave Eckblad Sorry.  Those are reserved for bicyclists that wear unnecessary scarves.

You can have a Snark award though!

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