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UPDATE: 5 people killed in weather-related crashes since Monday

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Winter weather in Minnesota is now blamed for five deaths since Monday.

On Wednesday morning, a Lakeville North High School student lost control on a slush-covered road, slid sideways and collided with an SUV. Lakeville Area Public Schools says 16-year-old Alyssa Ettl died in the crash. The district's website calls Ettl "an exceptional student, athlete and friend to many."

The driver and passenger in the other vehicle had minor injuries.

Anyone who has been north of Rochester knows the driving situation gets more challenging. The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area received between two and four inches of snow as of midday Wednesday, with another couple of inches expected by sunset.

The Minnesota State Patrol says they've responded to 175 crashes statewide since midnight. Of those, 137 occurred in the Twin Cities metro area.

And the snow totals skyrocket the farther north you go. Along the state's north shore, residents are getting hit by one of the biggest snowstorms in years.

Two Harbors is reporting 28 inches of snow so far. In Duluth, authorities report 18.8 inches has fallen. Both locations could get several more inches today.

Duluth police have responded to more than 50 crashes since the storm started.  The University of Minnesota - Duluth took the rare opportunity to cancel classes Wednesday.

By the time the winter storm warning ends Thursday morning, snowfall totals could approach 3 feet in some areas. Temperatures are expected to drop fast Thursday with daytime highs barely making it to zero.

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