Snow on a road - level 3
For weeks, people in Minnesota have had to deal with alternating spells of freezing cold and heavy snow. And the latest batch of the white stuff fell at exactly the wrong time: during rush hour.
Things went from bad to worse when the icy conditions caused a chain reaction of crashes and spin-outs, as car after car lost control.
The Interstate 35, in Forest Lake, was closed for most of the morning while emergency crews helped to clear the road.
The whole thing was caught on a traffic camera, run by the state’s Department of Transportation.
State Troopers were called to around 70 crashes like this and more than 100 spin-outs during the rush hour period.
Several cities, including Minneapolis and St Paul, have declared snow emergencies after the latest downfall, which reached almost six inches in some areas. And with temperatures expected to plummet to minus nine in the coming days, that seems unlikely to change any time soon.
Difficult words: alternating (happening repeatedly), spell (short period), batch (quantity), rush hour (time of the day when the traffic’s busy), spin-out (when you can’t control the car), state trooper (state police officer), downfall (heavy fall of snow), plummet (decrease).
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