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1st major snowstorm wreaks havoc on roadways

There were 217 crashes--25 with injuries--and 161 vehicle spin-outs from 12:01 a.m. Friday until 8:45 p.m. Friday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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A mix of rain and snow is expected to transition to all snow Monday, Oct. 30, resulting in light snowfall amounts, with around 1 to 2 inches along and north of the Iron Range. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration

There were 217 crashes-25 with injuries-and 161 vehicle spin-outs from 12:01 a.m. Friday until 8:45 p.m. Friday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported there were two fatal crashes statewide-one in the Duluth area and one just south of Brainerd-related to the first major snowstorm of the season.

The National Weather Service's outlook for the Brainerd area as of Sunday was still a hazardous one to start the week, albeit minus Friday's strong wind gusts.

A mix of rain and snow is expected to transition to all snow Monday, Oct. 30, resulting in light snowfall amounts, with around 1 to 2 inches along and north of the Iron Range.

"Wednesday into Wednesday night a mix of rain and snow will fall across the Northland, with around 1 to 3 inches of snowfall accumulation possible for areas of the Minnesota Arrowhead and international border region," the National Weather Service in Duluth reported. "Another chance for a mix of rain and snow Friday night into the weekend, with generally light snowfall accumulation expected."

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