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Icy conditions cause crashes in western Minnesota

WILLMAR -- Icy conditions made for hazardous travel on roads in western Minnesota early this week, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. As of Monday afternoon, Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported that the Minnesota State Patrol had responded to 21 acc...

Paul Sharpe
Paul Sharpe of Willmar brushes the snow off his pickup Tuesday along Trott Avenue Southeast in Willmar. (TRIBUNE/Gary Miller)

WILLMAR - Icy conditions made for hazardous travel on roads in western Minnesota early this week, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
As of Monday afternoon, Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported that the Minnesota State Patrol had responded to 21 accidents in west central Minnesota.
Grabow said the Minnesota State Patrol responded to five crashes in Kandiyohi County Monday and Tuesday.
Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol reported five crashes, two with injuries, in southwestern Minnesota as of 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Freezing rain and sleet turned into snow Monday afternoon, making roads slippery in southwest and west central Minnesota.
The National Weather Service does not predict hazardous weather for the remainder of the week.
Snowfall amounts Monday and Tuesday in the region ranged from 1 to 2 inches.
According to snowfall information compiled by the Weather Service from cooperative observers and trained weather spotters, 1 inch was recorded in Willmar and Morris, 1.1 inches in Cosmos,
1.5 inches northeast of Bird Island and in Redwood Falls, 1.8 inches southwest of Prinsburg,
2 inches northeast of Watson and 2.1 inches southeast of Bird Island. Glenwood recorded about 3 inches of snow.

Snow plow
A Minnesota Department of Transportation snow plow proceeds Tuesday down U.S. Highway 12 on the east side of Willmar. (TRIBUNE/Gary Miller)

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