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Forum staff reports, Published December 26 2012

Icy roads contribute to crashes across metro

FARGO – A number of accidents have been reported in the Fargo-Moorhead area after a dusting of snow this morning left roads slick.

Capt. Brian Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said eight crashes were reported in the Fargo metro area since about 7:30 a.m.

“It’s been ongoing,” he said.

No injuries were reported, he said.

Niewind said the roads are very icy from the snowfall this morning and speed has been a factor in many of the crashes.

“People just aren’t slowing down, they lose control,” he said.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol said four crashes have occurred in this area since this morning. Most were property damage crashes, one involved minor injuries.

Nine other vehicles slid off the road.

“There are just a few slick spots, otherwise the roads are in pretty fair shape on our side,” Grabow said.

According to the National Weather Service, about a half inch fell of snow fell in the metro area this morning.

Roads may continue to be icy as light snow continues throughout today.

“It looks like there will be some on and off light snow and flurries into the early afternoon hours,” said Jeff Makowski, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Makowski said no other significant snowfall is expected through at least early next week.