No travel advised in Becker County
The Becker County Sheriff's Department is advising no travel today or Tuesday due to icy conditions.
Numerous fender-benders and cars in the ditch have been reported around the region today, and ongoing rainfall continues to make for slippery conditions.
According to the National Weather service, there is an ice storm warning for Becker County until midnight on Tuesday, and a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Sheriff Tim Gordon said he issued the no-travel advisory about 8 a.m. Monday while emergency crews were cleaning up at the site of an accident on County Road 6 involving a crane truck and three other vehicles. No one was hurt in the accident, which involved an icy curve near Munson Lake, he said.
Gravel roads in rural areas are especially slick because highway crews can't use salt because it can damage the roadbed, he said.
"I just got back from driving on some township roads," Gordon said about noon Monday. "Side roads are treacherous, to say the least ... Some of these roads you can't walk on them, let alone drive on them."
With continuing rain and snow expected through Wednesday, driving conditions over the next few days are expected to be "pretty ugly," Gordon said.
In Detroit Lakes, street crews will be working extra shifts to keep the streets as safe as possible, according to public works director Brad Green.
"We're using a heavier salt mix," because the rain washes the salt off the roads, he said. "We are sanding now," he said Monday morning, "and we'll run an extra shift in the late afternoon and evening, and we'll be in early tonight, too -- we have to keep public safety the No. 1 priority."