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Published November 29, 2010, 08:06 AM

Blowing snow causes low visibility, slick roads

Hawley, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Highways are glare ice in some parts of the area. Minnesota State Patrol officers have responded to two jackknifed-semi crashes, and a state trooper was even side-swiped east of Fergus Falls because of slick roads.

The Minnesota side is bad: particularly Highway 10 and I-94. Blowing snow has caused low visibility all night, some areas with less than a quarter mile. Authorities are warning drivers to take it easy.

"Everybody needs to just slow down and drive accordingly some people think they still need to drive 70 if that's what the speed limit says, but that's not the case. You just need to slow down and drive according for those conditions."

No injuries have been reported. Minnesota authorities have responded to 20 accidents and 22 vehicles sliding off the road. The road conditions have thrown a wrench into some people's night time travel.

Here in town roads are rough, but they get worse as you get out into the country. Roads are like an ice rink: mainly because of this, blowing snow across the roads and that's just in town! Some areas are gusting as high as 35 miles per hour! So for those trying to get anywhere, calling it challenging was an understatement.

When Laney's mechanic Tom Vonhagen and his partner left for Hawley this morning the roads were dry and clear. Now this final fuel up before a trek back to Fargo.

TOM: "Just trying to get up and boogie out while we can! Not liking it! Just trying to get back home"

Others were braving the wind-whipped roads to get home in lakes country.

DALE: "Visibility is down to about 3 blocks right now."

PHYLLIS: "About a quarter mile, if you're lucky!"

Veteran rural travelers like Phyllis Prestegord say it comes with the territory of living an hour from work. Still, days like this prove you can't take it lightly.

PHYLLIS: "It's not good out there! I recommend people stay put if they can!"

John is expecting the wind to stay up all night, meaning road conditions could be just as bad or worse in the morning.