MINNEAPOLIS - Western Minnesota is digging out after a storm dumped a foot of snow in the region and stranded motorists.
Transportation officials opened State Highway 10 between Moorhead and Audobon late Monday morning, but the heavily traveled Interstate 94 and the lesser traveled State Highway 210 remain closed due to blowing and drifting snow. Sheriff's deputies in Grant and Douglas counties assisted drivers who became stranded.
KARE 11's Boyd Huppert is among hundreds stranded in Alexandria, where the closure of I-94 has turned the parking lots of hotels and businesses into villages of vehicles whose occupants can go nowhere.
Making things worse Monday are wind gusts of 35 miles per hour, creating whiteout conditions with all that snow. Crews are attempting to remove several semis stuck on I-94 so travel can resume, but that could be a few hours or more.
The National Weather Service says Glenwood in Pope County got 12 inches of snow Sunday. Walker has about 11 inches and Hillman has 10 inches. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported early Monday that most roadways in the state present difficult driving conditions.
The State Patrol handled 326 crashes since Sunday morning, including 42 that involved injuries.
In a tweet Monday morning State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske also said 623 vehicles left the road, and 5 semi-trucks jacknifed.
Windy conditions Monday could make the morning commute in the Twin Cities more challenging.
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