Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY, Published April 12 2013
F-M residents fed up after most recent snowfallFARGO - Today's blast of winter weather is being blamed for hundreds of accidents across Minnesota.
This is video from I-94 near Alexandria, semi after semi in the ditch.
Tow trucks had a busy day. Across the state from noon Tuesday to noon today, troopers handled 415 crashes. There were 56 injuries, none serious. Another 475 Vehicles went off the roads and 10 semis jackknifed.
A blanket of fresh snow greeted Fargo-Moorhead residents this morning and some are saying enough is enough.
Neighbors brought out their shovels for what they hope is the last time but with more snow in the forecast, it isn't looking good.
One look outside this morning and you just had to wonder; is it really April?
Tonight, things have at least quieted down to what has been 'normal' for the past few weeks but the snow has left many longing for warm, sunny days.
Despite what the calendar says, Spring has not quite sprung in the Valley.
Sig Sivertson, breathless from shoveling wet, heavy snow for a few of his neighbors, says he wasn't too surprised to see a white blanket on the ground this morning.
Sig Sivertson, Moorhead Resident: "Typical North Dakota weather. But I can deal with it just fine."
Some drivers in the area couldn't deal with it quite so well. This fender bender in Moorhead was one of several in the area throughout the day.
And if things were bad in town, they were even worse on highways.
Sgt. Jesse Grabow, Minnesota State Patrol: "Now is not the time to put away the snow brushes and ice scrapers."
The Minnesota State Patrol responded to about 300 crashes and 400 cars in the ditch across the state.
Grabow: "April is one of those times that it's very unpredictable when it comes to weather and roads here in the Red River Valley. Again, a person just needs to slow down, pay attention, plan ahead."
On the North Dakota side, a travel alert was issued for much of the Southeastern corner of the state.
As for Sivertson, he's staying in good spirits about the weather, even if it is threatening his fresh produce.
Sivertson: "I have a greenhouse and I'm already planting vegetables for the garden. So, I am looking forward to Spring. But we just have to deal with what we have to until it gets here."
Until spring does finally arrive and things start to warm up, people need to remember their good winter driving skills.
The Minnesota State Patrol says today's number of accidents rivaled those in some of the heavy storms earlier this season.