It only took a dusting to an inch of snow to grease up the roads and bring the morning commute to a slow crawl. At least that has been the case in the northeastern suburbs where the biggest delays have occurred.
A small improvment for eastbound Hwy. 10 drivers. The crashes between 35W and 694 have cleared or been moved to the right shoulder. All lanes in Arden Hills are back open.
Southbound 35E from the Forest Lake Split to 694 has been a struggle all morning. Roads are extremely icy and a salt truck has been requested by the State Patrol. The latest incident is a vehicle that slid off the road near 80th Street. An earlier rollover in that spot tied up traffic and recovery has been slow. Ahead, look for off and on slow traffic down to 694 and a big fat jam from Hwy. 36 to downtown St. Paul.
Northbound 694 is very unpleasant from 10th Street in Oakdale up to Hwy. 5. That is where an overheated car sits on the right shoulder. Ahead, the segment between Century Avenue and White Bear Avenue is looking better. Earlier we had two vehicles in the median due to the icy conditions.
In the south metro, look for a crash on northbound 35W at Black Dog Road. That has traffic bumper to bumper from Hwy. 13 up to the river bridge.
Westbound 94 from the St. Croix Rest Area all the way into St. Paul is sputtering due to earlier incidents at Radio Drive and McKnight Road.