Over 350 vehicle accidents since the start of storm

A jack-knifed semi in northwestern Minnesota this morning.
A jack-knifed semi in northwestern Minnesota this morning.

Everyone knew this was going to get ugly.

Since the frigid rainy-slushy-whatever-it-was started pouring down on our fair state last night, there have been about 367 crashes, spin-outs or vehicles flying off the road, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Old Man Winter, it appears, didn't appreciate everyone using air quotes around the word "winter" lately.

The entire state collectively bit their cuticles last night when a cold rain began to pour down, knowing what a late night freeze would mean for the morning commute. Heavy snow -- which occurred in northern parts of the state -- is one thing, but an asphalt skating rink is quite another.

From 9 p.m. until about 6 a.m. this morning there were 71 crashes statewide, though a very low number of spin-outs. That all changed with the overnight freeze and morning rush hour. From 5 a.m. until about 10 a.m. there were 94 crashes, and 202 spin-outs or vehicles flying off the road. The bulk of those crashes occurred in the metro area -- 73 in total.

Since last night, there have also been five jack-knifed semi trucks.

Miraculously, injuries have been small in number -- only 17 reported so far -- and there haven't been any serious or fatal accidents.

The troopers will update their numbers again at 2 p.m. Stay safe everyone.

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