Slick and snowy

Friday blizzard created no-travel advisories through much of SW Minn.

MARSHALL — The blizzard that swept through southwest Minnesota this week may not have brought deep snowfall with it, but it still created dangerous travel conditions around the region.

Compacted ice on the roads and patches of blowing snow led to accidents, cars in the ditch and no-travel advisories through most of the day Friday.

Much of southwest Minnesota was under a blizzard warning Friday. Anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow was expected to fall on Friday, but winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour made for patches of poor visibility and drifting snow, the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls said. Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Transportation was reporting icy road surfaces underneath the snow.

The number of crashes reported in the Marshall region had already started to stack up by early Friday morning. Between noon Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported five property damage crashes, two injury crashes and five jackknifed semi trucks, Sgt. Troy Christianson said. The State Patrol also reported 20 vehicles went off the road in that same time period.

One person was injured in Pipestone County on Thursday afternoon, when a Chrysler Sebring traveling north on Highway 23 went off the road and hit a sign, the State Patrol said. A passenger in the Chrysler, Sanchez Brejido Antonio, 42, of Freeport, Minn., was taken to the Pipestone County Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, the State Patrol said.

On Friday, highways were completely covered in ice and snow across southwest Minnesota. No travel was advised on several state highways through much of the day, including Highway 23 south of Marshall, Highway 59 south of Garvin Corner, Highway 91 between Russell and the Iowa border, and U.S. Highway 14 between Tracy and the South Dakota border.

Two inches of snow was reported in the Marshall area by 8 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said. Snowfall reports were deeper to the west and south. On Friday morning, 4 inches of snow was reported near Ivanhoe. On Friday afternoon, 6 inches of snow was reported north of Currie.

According to NWS forecasts, while there was a chance for more snow and freezing drizzle Friday night, the storm and wind were expected to die down by this morning. Conditions this weekend are forecast to be cloudy, with temperatures getting up to a daytime high of 31 degrees on Sunday. A chance of snow returns on Monday afternoon.


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