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Winter storm blasts through Minnesota, affects entire state

ST. CLOUD/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) -- The arctic blast sent heavy snowfall around our state Monday, with parts seeing as much as one foot of snow.

St. Cloud was one of those cities, with snow totals amassing around there in many other areas north of the metro. 

The icy roads have led to at least two deaths. One car driver was killed after crashing into a semi-truck in south central Minnesota. The Carver County Sheriff's Office reports another driver died after crashing in a ditch southwest of Minneapolis.
Since 5 a.m., Minnesota State Patrol had responded to 475 crashes and more than 700 spin outs as of 7 p.m.  More than 200 flights had been either canceled or delayed at M-S-P International today and 4 runways were closed off.

An evening flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Rochester set to land at 8:15 p.m. was one of the flights canceled. Both Delta and Southwest Airlines are allowing passengers coming in and out of MSP to re-book their flights at no additional cost.

MnDOT snowplows are out pre-treating highways with salt tonight in preparation for the snow system coming Tuesday night into Monday morning.

In Southeast Minnesota, Rochester Public Utilities said a transmission line west of Rochester was being affected by the strong winds, rain, and possible ice, that caused for some flickering of power.

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