Snow causes 245 crashes, 230 spin-outs, road closures in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — It’s safe to say that, if you don’t need to be on the roads in some parts of Minnesota, you should stay off them.

The Minnesota State Patrol released its first crash report Saturday morning, and said that it has tallied 245 crashes statewide from the beginning of Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday.

Of those, 22 crashes involved injuries, two of them serious — one in Brainerd and one in St. Cloud. The State Patrol also reported one fatal incident in Medina involving a pedestrian.

Also, the State Patrol reported 230 vehicle spin-outs or vehicles that went off the road, including eight jackknifed semi-trucks.

Authorities advise no travel in much of southwestern Minnesota, where a blizzard warning remains in effect as a major storm system blankets much of the Midwest.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed several highways in the southwest due to the storm, which is expected to persist into Sunday.

Driving conditions are difficult across the southern half of Minnesota.

The National Weather Service predicts 9 to 15 inches of snow across a large swath of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, before it’s over. More than 2 inches of snow had fallen at the weather service office in Chanhassen by 7 a.m., with more than an inch at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Saturday’s Minnesota Twins game against the Chicago White Sox was snowed out for the second day in a row.