The wild and wooly rush hour continues as spin outs and rollovers continue to pop up across the system. The latest is a rollover on southbound 35W at Sunset Drive in Lino Lakes. That one is blocking the right lane.
In the southeast metro, a commuter lost it on eastbound 494 at Maxwell Avenue. The driver hit the concrete median and is now facing the wrong way.
Those two incidents sum up the drive to work on Wednesday as the State Patrol responded to numerous crashes between 5 and 9 a.m.
The north and east metro seemed to have it the worst following a dusting of snow that iced up roads. One particularly bad spot was on southbound 35E at 80th Street. Glare ice in the area led to at least three crashes, the first just after 6 a.m. which led to a backup that had traffic stopped north of the Forest Lake Split.
The trip from Rogers to Maple Grove was a slow slog after a car and semi collided near the Fish Lake Split around 7:45 a.m. That made for a 30-minute trek. That crash has cleared and traffic is getting back to normal.
Westbound 94 trudged along most of the morning courtesy of crashes and spin outs at Radio Drive and ahead at McKnight Road during the 7 a.m. hour. At present, the trip from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul is over 20 minutes.
The action got started early in White Bear Lake on eastbound 694. A spin out at White Bear Avenue and a crash at McKnight knotted up traffic in both directions just after 6 a.m. Things are moving much better at this hour.
A trio of crashes on eastbound Hwy. 10 at the 694 interchange was the most dramatic mishap of the morning. At least six cars were involved in three separate wrecks at 6:20 a.m. Commuters were stuck in the mess for about an hour, with only the right lane open until things cleared.
The road work on eastbound 94 in Minneapolis is back after a late start today. Look for the right lane at Huron Blvd. to be closed until 3 p.m. today.