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Icy roads make travel difficult

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Truck in the I-90 median west of Stewartville, Minnesota Truck in the I-90 median west of Stewartville, Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  The steadiest freezing rain has since pushed out of the area.  In its place, patching freezing drizzle and fog has taken over. 

Temperatures will continue hover at or below the freezing mark until the mid morning hours on Monday, with an eventual high in the upper 30's. The current near-freezing temperatures along with any overnight refreezing of previously-melted ice are making for a potentially hazardous morning commute.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported 367 crashes since late Sunday afternoon and overnight,  nearly 50 injuries from the Twin cities south to the Iowa border.  That does not include 299 more vehicles spinning out off the roads.

Main highways are doing better this morning, but side streets expecially still have a thick layer of ice. Mndot's plan of attack is a continue salting the roads until all of the ice is completely melted. Mndot's officials report all salt trucks are out and drivers are continuing to work on 12 hour shifts until the job is done.

We should see major improvements by this afternoon as temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to upper 30s with some places touching 40 degrees.

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