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Snowstorm contributes to multiple crashes in Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR -- Snowy, icy roads contributed to more than 30 crashes in Kandiyohi County as several inches of new snow piled up Wednesday night and this morning.

No injuries were reported, but local law enforcement officials are urging motorists to be careful on the slick roads and in intersections blocked with snow.

In two separate incidents today, vehicles were damaged by snow plows working to clear snow in private parking lots. A city of Willmar snow plow also clipped a car while removing snow in an alley off Sixth Street Southwest.

A vehicle that missed a turn into the parking lot at Roosevelt School this morning ended up stuck in a snowbank on 19th Avenue. Willmar Police officers helped with traffic control while the vehicle was removed.

Even for semis, the falling snow and slippery roads made for difficult driving conditions Wednesday night and today.

State troopers were brought in to help when a semi left the road and went into the ditch on Highway 7, west of Prinsburg, at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Ice and snow caused a semi to get stuck in the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road 9 shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday. A snow plow also went into the ditch this morning on County Road 5 southwest of Willmar.

The Willmar Municipal Airport recorded 7.7 inches of snow for this latest storm, the second in less than a week. Snow totals measured 6.5 inches at the Litchfield airport and 5 inches in Montevideo.

Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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