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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Public safety agencies around southeast Minnesota were kept busy through Wednesday morning and afternoon dealing with traffic crashes and other mishaps.

Many of the incidents happened on the I-35 corridor between Owatonna and the Twin Cities and the Highway 52 corridor between Rochester and the Cannon Falls area.

Here's what it looked liked Wednesday morning near Owatonna.

Accidents were still being reported at 4:30 pm Wednesday.

MnDOT/511 map
MnDOT/511 map
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The good news is that the strong winds and snow that created tough driving conditions began slowly diminishing by late afternoon but the National Weather Service says there still may be challenges into the evening in open areas.

Very cold air will move in as the storm moves out. Temperatures are forecast to fall below zero Wednesday night and may not return to positive numbers until Friday afternoon.

NWS/La Crosse
NWS/La Crosse
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And then a rollercoaster pattern is expected as temperatures may reach 30 degrees Saturday but top out in the single digits for a few days before climbing to near 30 again by Wednesday.

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