The rain/snow mix began falling late Monday and continued through the morning hours. Tuesday's morning commute was slick but shouldn't have been this big of a problem!I'm always amazed at how quickly people forget how to drive during the winter. It's really quite simple - slow down, don't drive like an idiot and you'll be OK.

The Minnesota State Patrol says there were 665 crashes statewide due to the inclement weather and another 600 vehicles ended up in the ditch.

MnDOT is reminding people that winter is here and they need to be prepared for hazardous travel conditions. They offer these safe driving tips on their website:

  • Call 511 or visit www.511mn.org before leaving on your trip to get current road conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
  • Turn off your cruise control.
  • Slow down; allow at least 10 car lengths between your vehicle and a plow.
  • Stay behind snowplows. The road behind a snowplow is safer to drive on.
  • Watch for snowplows that turn or exit frequently, and often with little warning.