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Freezing rain leaves slick sheet on Twin Cities roads, flights canceled

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  • WEATHER TIMELINE: Snow, freezing rain in Twin Cities

    WEATHER TIMELINE: Snow, freezing rain in Twin Cities

    Sunday, February 10 2013 1:27 PM EST2013-02-10 18:27:12 GMT
    A winter storm moved into the Twin Cities region Sunday morning. Be careful! Snow, sleet and a wintry mix possible during the day. Periods of heavy snow possible. 3 to 5 inches potential.
    A winter storm moved into the Twin Cities region Sunday morning. Be careful! Snow, sleet and a wintry mix possible during the day. Periods of heavy snow possible. 3 to 5 inches potential during the day.
  • No travel advised in 13 western Minn. counties

    No travel advised in 13 western Minn. counties

    Sunday, February 10 2013 2:44 PM EST2013-02-10 19:44:49 GMT
    Due to the rapidly deteriorating driving conditions, county and state officials are urging drivers to avoid traveling in several western Minnesota counties.
    Due to the rapidly deteriorating driving conditions, county and state officials are urging drivers to avoid traveling in several western Minnesota counties.
MINNEAPOLIS -

Freezing rain, sleet and snow have created difficult driving conditions in the Twin Cities and canceled dozens of flights to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn DeVinny says the area is in the middle of a complicated weather system that's expected to last through Monday morning.

By 5:30 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation had closed Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Alexandria. Crews also shut down Highway 10 and Highway 210 in west central Minnesota.

MnDOT previously advised against traveling in west central Minnesota due to heavy snowfall, blowing snow, and poor visibility. As winds pick up, it's expected the conditions will deteriorate further.

Northern Minnesota is also seeing heavy snow, and could see up to 12 inches by the time the system has moved through.

By the end of Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol reported 239 crashes statewide, and 32 resulted in injuries. Troopers also responded to two jack-knifed semi-trailers and assisted 398 vehicles that slid off the road.

MnDOT plows are currently still on the roadways, but officials say drivers should be sure to check road conditions either online at 511mn.org or by calling 511 before attempting to drive.

Officials at MnDOT also urged drivers to give snow plows at least five car length's worth of distance because they often turn or exit frequently with little warning and may travel over center lines or partially into traffic while clearing roads.

MnDOT says patience is key when following a plow, but they say snow plow drivers will pull over in safe locations if traffic build-ups occur.

Blizzard warnings will be in effect from Sunday night through 6 a.m. Monday in areas including New Ulm and Worthington.

Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says that as of Sunday morning, more than 50 flights had already been canceled.

Farther to the north, the city of Fargo issued a no travel advisory within its limits until further notice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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