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Slippery road conditions lead to multiple Northland crashes

Slick road conditions kept authorities busy late Sunday morning, responding to accidents in the Duluth area. Numerous accidents, including at least two rollovers, were reported along Interstate 35, between U.S. Highway 2 and Boundary Avenue as li...

Slick road conditions kept authorities busy late Sunday morning, responding to accidents in the Duluth area.

Numerous accidents, including at least two rollovers, were reported along Interstate 35, between U.S. Highway 2 and Boundary Avenue as light snow fell between 10 a.m. and noon. None, however, resulted in serious injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Thompson Hill was the site of numerous fender benders due to black ice and slippery conditions, said Jeff Runquist, acting assistant chief for the Duluth Fire Department. The department also received a half-dozen injury calls of people slipping on the ice.

Duluth police responded to 17 accidents, again, with no serious injuries, according to Ron Tinsley, the department's public information officer. Police put out a road condition alert about 11:30 a.m., urging drivers to slow down and use caution. By then, street maintenance crews were out sanding streets.

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, falling temperatures had cooled the ground so snow was able to accumulate right away when it started to snow, though only a half inch had fallen at the Duluth International Airport by noon.

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Melting on snow-covered side streets in recent days also became a problem when falling temperatures left them covered with ice.

A total of 1 to 2 inches of snow was expected by the time snow would end at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Two or three more chances for light snow will follow through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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