Minor accumulations can lead to major headaches. Light snow on Wednesday afternoon led to numerous reports of crashes on roadways throughout southeastern Minnesota. Slowing down will help reduce your chances of ending up in the ditch but doesn't necessarily guarantee that you won't.

We hope you never get stranded in subzero temps, but the possibility of that happening exists each winter in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol says this is the time to check your winter survival kit. They say you should pack these 16 items in your car in case of an emergency:

1:   Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats

2:   Snow shovel

3:   Flashlight with extra batteries

4:   Window washer solvent

5:   Ice scraper with brush

6:   Cloth or roll of paper towels

7:   Jumper cables

8:   Tow chain or rope

9:   Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)

10:   Blankets

11:   Warning devices (flares or triangles)

12:  Drinking water

13:  Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers

14:  First-aid kit

15: Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

16:  Mobile phone and car charger pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services

If stranded, stay in the vehicle and call 911. At night, keep your dome light on and activate the vehicle’s emergency flashers. You can always get real-time road-conditions on our mobile app's main menu.