(FOX 9) - Roads were snow covered and slippery in much of Minnesota Tuesday afternoon as a fall snowstorm hit the state.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported troopers were responding to a number of crashes, spin outs and vehicles off the road in central Minnesota along Interstate 94. State Patrol says drivers in the area may encounter some standstill traffic due to the amount of crashes.
The State Patrol responded to 493 crashes statewide from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 48 of those crashes involved injuries, including one serious injury. No fatalities were reported. 614 more vehicles spun out or off roads and 22 semis jacknifed in the storm during that timeframe, too.
Drivers are reminded to check the MnDOT website 511mn.org before heading out.
The early season snowstorm is causing closures across the area. In Minneapolis, the city's absentee ballot drop off locations are closing early at 3 p.m. so election workers and voters can get home safe.
Snow this early in the season is not that unusual, but accumulation of more than 3 inches is. If the metro gets more than 3 inches of snow Tuesday, it would tie the record for the earliest 3-inch snowfall.
WINTER DRIVING REMINDERS
The Minnesota State Patrol has issued the following reminders for driving in wintry conditions:
- Slow down
- Increase your following distance
- Put away distractions
- Headlights on, cruise control off
- Buckle up
- Give plows room
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