A winter storm moving across the Northern United States has caused two deaths and hundreds of crashes as it moves into the Northeast. A large part of the United States has been plagued by its first heavy snow of the year.
The Minnesota State Patrol said the winter storm caused 450 crashes and 860 spinouts as it moved east. Two people died Friday in separate two-vehicle crashes on icy highways, and a trooper suffered minor injuries Saturday when a motorist struck his squad car on Interstate 94 near Alexandria as the trooper was responding to another incident, according to the patrol.
"People can be a little overconfident," said Frank Giannasca, senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel, who warned people to drive carefully. "A lot of times, that first storm anywhere can be a mess in terms of cars sliding off the road and accidents."