Brutal commute follows overnight snow

7:59 AM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans woke up to a thick blanket of beautiful, fluffy snow Tuesday morning.

Then they got in their cars for the morning commute, and things got downright ugly.

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to 122 crashes statewide between 5 and 10:40 a.m., 16 of them involving injuries. Another 114 vehicles either left the road or spun out.

No fatalies have been reported in Minnesota, but across the border in Wisconsin one man was killed when the semi he was driving left the road and plunged into a river near Menomonie.

The snow also impacted operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. As of 9 a.m. 70 flights had been cancelled and another 33 delayed. Airport crews are busy plowing two parallel runways so at least one remains open at all times.

If the snow subsides airport officials hope that at least two, and possibly three runways will be open later Tuesday afternoon.

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