Icy roads caused more than 20 vehicle accidents in Morrison County today.
The Morrison County Sheriff's Department reported between 20 to 25 vehicles had gone off roadways and the State Patrol reported several more. In most of the accidents no one was injured.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation office in Baxter reported driving conditions of fair to poor in the Brainerd area, with freezing rain and sleet causing slippery conditions on most area highways. MnDOT crews were out this morning putting sand and salt on roadways.
The National Weather Service in Minneapolis reported sleet and rain had covered much of Morrison County, and it is expected to continue through tonight.
In the Brainerd area, the NWS reported patchy freezing drizzle this morning, with up to 3 inches of snow possible through tonight.
Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold said a crash on icy eastbound Interstate 94 at the Albany exit claimed one life. The name of the victim wasn't immediately released.
Bechtold said there were accidents from "one end of the county to the other."
The St. Cloud office of the State Patrol reported numerous accidents on I-94 from Albany to Melrose and along U.S. 169 in the Princeton area.
In west-central Minnesota, at least two rollover accidents with injuries were reported in the New London and Sunburg areas, where roads were extremely slippery Thursday morning.
Several school districts in Douglas and Mille Lacs counties in Minnesota delayed classes, along with some schools in Wisconsin.
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