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Roads 'completely covered in ice' after freezing rain in southern Minnesota


Jan. 22, 2020

Accumulating snow is expected as the day progresses in southeast Minnesota.
Pre-dawn freezing rain has turned roadways into skating rinks in far southern Minnesota, and as of 7:15 a.m. the Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel in and around Fairmont and Blue Earth.
Meanwhile, roads all along the Interstate 90 corridor from border-to-border are listed as being "completely covered with ice," according to MnDOT. The roads are also bad in southeast Minnesota, just to the south of the Twin Cities metro area beginning around Cannon Falls and Red Wing.
Where the roads are bad there is a winter weather advisory in effect, with the freezing rain expected to turn to snow as the day progresses. More details from the National Weather Service:
"Freezing rain has overspread south central Minnesota into western Wisconsin this morning. This freezing rain will slowly change over to snow through 10 am, with snow then continuing into this evening. A glazing of ice will lead to icy roads this morning, with 2 to 4 inches of snow then expected across the advisory area. Snow will continue into tonight and a further extension in time may be needed depending on how heavy snowfall remains going into the afternoon."
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