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Wintery weather causes traffic mess


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A storm producing freezing drizzle, sleet, and light snow in the area caused several crashes in southeastern Minnesota Friday.

Scattered accidents were reported across the region, including several along I-90 near Eyota.

The first reports of crashes began to trickle in around 7 a.m. just as traffic picked up.

There were rollovers and a few semi trucks that ran off the road. One of the accidents along I-90 involved three vehicles. No one was seriously hurt, but one person was taken to Saint Marys Hospital with minor injuries.

A semi rollover was also reported on Hwy. 14 near Kasson around 10:30 a.m., but it unclear if anyone was hurt.

As things transitioned to mainly light snow during the heart of the morning, accumulations were around an inch or two in some spots, especially south and southwest of Rochester along the Minnesota-Iowa border.

Temperatures Friday afternoon will climb into the mid 30s. Another storm system will slide into the region late Saturday, bringing light rain to the area late in the afternoon and evening and then light snow will develop around midnight New Years Eve. Totals look to be light from this event with an inch or less likely by early Sunday morning.

Winds will be the big story Sunday as colder air pours into the Upper Midwest behind a strong cold front. Northwest winds at times will reach 45 miles per hour Sunday and highs will be in the upper 20s.

We'll have mainly dry weather next week with a slow warming trend through the longer term.

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