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Published January 27 2013

State Patrol reports hundreds of accidents in southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — The State Patrol is reporting hundreds of crashes and spinouts as a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow make travel difficult across much of southern Minnesota.

Lt. Eric Roeske says 367 crashes were reported between noon and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, with 48 injuries, though none seriously. He says another 299 vehicles went off the roads or spun out, and three semis jackknifed.

A National Weather Service spotter reported 2 inches of snow on top of a tenth of an inch of ice in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation recommended no travel across a large part of southeastern Minnesota, including portions of Interstates 35 and 90. MnDOT also reported difficult driving conditions throughout the Twin Cities and along I-94 and I-35 west and north of the metro area.