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Allen Davis, a groundsman for BSU, and Brent Steinmetz, a general repair employee at BSU, work together to shovel the snow off the steps of Memorial Hall late Monday after the Bemidji area received between 1 to 2 inches of new snow. The snow system moved east into the area overnight, causing difficult road conditions on some highways early Monday. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)

Road conditions improve in much of northwest Minnesota; forecast calls for milder temps

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Road conditions have improved throughout much of northwest Minnesota as of Monday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, much of the area was listed as having "difficult" driving conditions on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website because of a snow system that moved in with 1 to 2 inches of new snow. By about 11 a.m., several highways, including U.S Highway 2 improved from a difficult rating to a fair rating on the site. By 4 p.m., all of northwest Minnesota was listed in fair driving condition.

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A travel alert had been issued in all of eastern North Dakota, according to the Grand Forks Herald. Meanwhile, the Minnesota State Patrol reported several vehicle spin-outs on state highways and roads in Polk County this morning, the Herald reported.

The band of snow that moved eastward through the valley overnight and early today is expected to bring about 1 to 2 inches of snow to central Minnesota this morning, with some winds causing drifting snow on east-west highways, according to the a report from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. A school bus in Hubbard County slid off the road on Highway 34 early Monday, injuring one student, according to the Park Rapids Enterprise. Several other accidents were reported in that area as well.

Temperatures are expected to rise to the upper 20s and possibly into the low 30s, which likely will result in some melting of snow on roadways. As snow drifts across the melted areas, black ice could develop, which could result in slick conditions as temperatures cool later this evening, according to the weather service.

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