MSP: Worst road conditions in 25 years

By KBJR News 1

February 21, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The snow may have come to an end, but the roads continue to cause problem for motorists across the state and here in the Northland.

Officials with Minnesota State Patrol say the road conditions in some parts of the state are the worst they've seen in 25 years.

The Minnesota State Patrol is advising no travel throughout much of the state due to snow and ice covered roads.

"Stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary," said Lt. Col Matt Langer, assistant chief with Minnesota State Patrol.

Since two PM Thursday, the State Patrol has responded to more than 400 crashes and more than 13-hundred rollovers or spin outs.

"The problem that causes us is the drifting snow sticks to the wet. It's going to be a continued fight during throughout weekend. It's probably going to remain slippery. Roads are either difficult or hazardous," said Pat Huston with MnDOT's district one.

Officials with Minnesota state patrol and MnDOT say road conditions won't get any better as we head into the weekend.

"We expect road conditions to be miserable," said Lt. Col Langer.

In other parts of the state, like southern Minnesota, highways have shut down.

I-35 from Owatonna to the Iowa border reopened Friday night, and a number of smaller highways have briefly closed due to ice or drifting snow.

Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to provide assistance to stranded motorists

State Police are struggling to keep up with the calls to crashes.

Lt. Langer says right now they are, but they say the real frustration is that most of the crashes involve motorists that don't need to be out on the roads, so again the message to stay home through this weekend is reiterated.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com