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By Chris Conte

Dozens of drivers caught off-guard by Thursday's storm


ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT)-- The Minnesota State Patrol says they will be ticketing drivers who end up going off the road and getting stuck in the snow if it appears the driver was going too fast for the road conditions. This comes after the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported dozens of accidents across the state Thursday because of nearly six inches of snow created dangerous driving conditions.

"Vehicles are just driving too quickly for conditions," said MNDOT spokesperson Jessica Wiens Thursday.

Plow crews have been working around the clock since Friday, when the parts of the state were hit with nearly twenty inches of snow. But officials say this latest storm came just as they had finally made some progress in clearing roads from the weekend blizzard.

"We didn't get as much ice off as we had wanted to before this snow came," Wiens adds.

MNDOT has been asking drivers to slow down when conditions get slippery but there were still dozens of minor accidents throughout Southeastern Minnesota by Thursday evening.

"A alot of the crashes that we are seeing can be avoided by just slowing down and driving to the road conditions," Wiens adds.

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