A slushy, icy, snowy mess greeted many Minnesotans Wednesday morning. The weather caused school closings, late starts, and headaches for drivers.
Minnetonka Public Schools started two hours late. Orono and Public Schools were closed for the day. After initially planning a two hour late start, also closed, citing icy roads and power outages.
Thousands of power outages affected several cities in the metro area, including Excelsior, Long Lake, Wayzata, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, and Orono.
Road conditions varied across the state. Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the State Patrol reported 73 crashes in the metro area, two jack-knifed semis, and 139 off road or spun out vehicles. None of the crashes were fatal.
“494 was like a skating rink,” said Edel Henningsen, a teacher at .
She drove north on I-494 early Wednesday morning. Her normally twenty minute drive lasted fifty-five minutes, she said.
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