April 14, 2018 11:07 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- A historic snowstorm is wreaking havoc in our area this weekend. As of Saturday, 8:45 p.m., Minnesota State Patrol reported 403 crashes, 47 of them with injuries. One fatal crash west of the Twin Cities, 738 spinouts on the roads and at least 16 jack-knifed semis.
Authorities advise no travel in much of southwestern Minnesota, where a blizzard warning remains in effect as a major storm system blankets 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.
In Albert Lea, officials reported several cars ended up ditches along the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 on Saturday. A vehicle that spun out was also being reported near Clarks Grove.
Near Austin, two vehicles ended up in the ditch on Highway 218 just south of 270th Street. One of the vehicles ended up on its side.
In Rochester, residents woke up to rain and then sleet covering their streets. Around noon most of the roads became icy which made driving conditions even slicker.
The Rochester International Airport was also shut down on Saturday. Officials reported that all flights in and out of the airport were canceled because of the storm. Airport operations will resume on Sunday at 5:00 am.
In Austin, a viewer sent us a photo of an uprooted tree possibly caused by Saturday's strong winds. Its roots just landing inches from an apartment building. Other viewers in the area told ABC 6 News they have seen storage sheds and playsets damaged by the wind.
Updated: April 14, 2018 11:07 PM
Created: April 14, 2018 09:23 PM
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