The first significant snowfall of the season Saturday led to scores of fender benders on Minnesota roads as drivers learned how to drive in snow all over again. There was at least one fatality and several other people critically injured on icy roads outside of the metro.
The biggest accumulations were west of the metro, where blowing and drifting made driving so treacherous that officials temporarily shut down Interstate 94.
Tiny Sartell and St. Stephen in Stearns County were walloped with 11 inches by 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Numerous crashes between Freeport and Albany forced officials to close westbound Interstate 94 at St. Cloud for hours on Saturday.
Troopers tallied 442 crashes statewide between noon and 8 p.m., with 282 of those in the metro area, said patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske.
(Reuters) - Flooded highways, railroads and airport runways are among the transportation snarls looming as the world's climate changes, and officials should plan with
this in mind, a U.S. study says