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Early winter weather snarls traffic in upper Midwest

Early winter weather snarls traffic in upper Midwest
This semi jack-knifed into the snowy grass on a slick Interstate 94 in western Minnesota on Friday morning. (Courtesy: Minnesota State Patrol)
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This semi sits off of Interstate 94 in western Minnesota Friday morning after losing traction on snow and ice. Tap photo for larger size. (Courtesy: Minnesota State Patrol)

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota braced for snow on Saturday as the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory.

Officials urged caution on the roads as ice and strong winds threatened to make driving conditions treacherous late Saturday and into Sunday. The Minnesota State Patrol has already cited snow and icy roads in a fatal crash on Thursday afternoon when a storm moved into the state.

Forecasters expected between 2 inches and 4 inches of snow to accumulate over the weekend north of Interstate 94. Less was expected in the southern part of the state.

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Dangerous winter weather is slamming parts of the upper Midwest, with multiple blizzard warnings and winter weather advisories in effect.

On Friday, a blizzard warning remained in effect until 12 p.m. for eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota, making travel treacherous. The winter weather advisory covers a much larger swatch of the area, stretching from the Canadian border, down through North and South Dakota, Minnesota and parts of northern Iowa.

In Minnesota on Friday morning, emergency crews were busy along Interstate 94, where multiple accidents involving big rigs had been reported. There were no injuries.

The system will be moving to the east through the weekend, creating even more travel troubles.

For the most up to date information from the National Weather Service, click here.

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“It’s slippery and windy out there,” a Facebook post from the Minnesota State Patrol stated. “Slow down and increase your following distance.”

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