Dipping temperatures and light snowfall combined to make roads slick in the Twin Cities metro area, especially in its southern reaches, and other parts of Minnesota Friday night.
Motorists, particularly in the southwestern part of the state, were cautioned to drive slowly on icy roadways and to avoid unnecessary travel. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported several accidents with injuries, many of them in that region, as road conditions deteriorated in a line from west-central to south-central Minnesota.
High winds and light flurries swept east at 20 miles per hour and hit west central Wisconsin around 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Metro snowfall totals were generally below 2 inches — too low to declare snow emergencies in the Twin Cities.
Snow will not be the factor on travelers' minds Saturday as they head into the coldest weekend Minnesotans have seen this winter. Meteorologists predict high temperatures hovering only around 10 degrees Saturday morning, where gusts may feel closer to 10 below. Sunday, while sunny, will not bring a reprieve from the cold. With a high of 2 degrees, Vikings fans may face a 20 below windchill come kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks.