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UPDATE on Road Conditions Saturday

Updated: 02/22/2014 7:45 PM
Created: 02/22/2014 1:11 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) -- Many roads in Southeastern Minnesota are still icy and still packed with snow. MnDoT is advising travelers to stay off the roads or give yourself time to get to your destination and drive at a slower speed.

Most roads are still difficult to navigate. Roads within towns and cities are still packed with snow and ice. Make sure to check road and weather conditions before heading out.

MnDOT District 6 is advising travelers to give more time to get to your destination and drive at a slower speed.

State troopers have responded to nearly 1,000 crashes across the state, plus another 2,300 vehicles that spun out or ran off the road.

Driving conditions remained difficult early Saturday afternoon. Road crews were out in force, but the combination of snow and cold was impeding their efforts to clear roads and highways.

Officials continue to advise residents to stay home if possible.

Conditions have been so bad that Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in some parts of the state. He called out the National Guard to help rescue stranded drivers. Nearly 300 people spent time in shelters set up in eight counties southwest of the Twin Cities.

The State Patrol responded to more than 4,400 calls for service, including about 1,100 stalls and 74 jackknifed semi trucks.

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Roads continue to be icy and packed with snow today.


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