“The State Patrol is investigating a large crash; 然而, injuries have not yet been determined,” State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jesse Grabow 在新闻稿中说.
Grabow 发推文 曾经有 “several crashes” in the area, impacting traffic in both directions.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) 说过 the initial crash was reported between Wright County Road 19 and County Road 18 near Monticello.
Traffic cameras from the scene showed several trucks involved, including one on fire emitting large amounts of smoke.
Grabow 发推文 that the driver of the truck on fire was “OK.”
“Use alternate routes and drive w/caution on snow-covered roads & buckle up,” 他说.
At the time of the crash, a heavy band of snow went through the area, limiting visibility. The State Patrol 告诉FOX9 it was responding to multiple crashes in the area as the snow moved through.
国家气象局 (新创建) forecast office for the Twin Cities said there was a snow squall warning in effect in the region at the time.
“A narrow band of heavy snow will impact the Twin Cities metro this morning. Conditions will rapidly deteriorate with visibility dropping to 1/4 mile or less in a matter of minutes,” 的 NWS tweeted. “Please exercise caution when traveling.”
According to the NWS, snow squalls are often associated with strong cold fronts and are a “wintertime weather hazard.”
“They move in and out quickly, and typically last less than an hour,” the NWS states. “The sudden white-out conditions combined with falling temperatures produce icy roads in just a few minutes.”
When snow squalls occur, they bring “localized extreme impacts” to those who may be traveling and can happen when there is no large-scale winter storm impacting a region of the country.
While they may only produce a small amount of accumulation over a 30- to 60-minute period, the intense burst of whiteout conditions can create havoc for motorists.
“不幸, there is a long history of deadly traffic accidents associated with snow squalls,” according to the NWS.