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Associated Press , Published March 11 2013

Travel difficult in parts of Dakotas, Minn., after snow

Some schools in northeastern South Dakota started classes late on Monday after snow and ice over the weekend.

The American News reports that bad roads led to a number of vehicles in the ditch in the region and at least two rollover accidents. The Highway Patrol reports that icy road conditions contributed to a three-vehicle crash east of Brookings on Sunday afternoon that killed a 20-year-old Minnesota woman.

National Weather Service reports show that several inches of snow fell in parts of northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota on Sunday. Some areas got half a foot.

Transportation officials issued a travel alert for southeastern North Dakota, telling motorists they could still travel but warning them that driving might be difficult.

Parts of southeastern Minnesota have received as much as 10 inches of snow, causing dozens of school districts to close and prompting others to delay their starts.

The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for southeastern Minnesota, including the cities of Rochester and Winona. Flood warnings are also in effect west of Red Wing and north of Mankato.

Cummingsville and Spring Valley have received 10 inches. About 8 inches have fallen in Albert Lea, and Winona and Rochester each have about 7 inches.

Dozens of schools in those areas were shut down Monday because of travel conditions. Others delayed their openings by two hours.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says road conditions are difficult throughout the southeast corner of the state.

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