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State highway closures and no travel advisories continue overnight in southcentral and southwest Minnesota

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MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns drivers that state highway closures and travel advisory bans in south-central and southwest Minnesota are expected to continue tonight through Saturday. doing.

Most state highways remain closed, including Interstate 90 in South Central and Southwest Minnesota, and additional highways will be closed tonight. A ‘no travel advisory’ remains in force on all highways not yet closed in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicolette, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseka and Wattonwan counties. Applies. Motorists are encouraged to check www.511mn.org for the latest list of road closures and travel advisories.

Motorists are advised that driving conditions will be difficult this evening and into the night as blizzards and drifting snow reduce visibility, along with very dangerous wind chill. It can be life threatening.

MnDOT District 7, which serves the Mankato and Windom areas, is not staffed 24 hours a day. The crew does not operate at night on state highways. Snowplow operators will resume storm cleanup efforts early Saturday. Driving conditions are expected to gradually improve on Saturday, but snowstorms and poor visibility are likely to keep conditions tough throughout the day. State highways will reopen as conditions permit with the latest information shown at www.511mn.org.

MnDOT reminds drivers that it is illegal to drive on closed roads and that if a driver requires rescue, they are responsible for all associated rescue costs.

The lack of travel advisories means that the roadway is deteriorating and/or visibility is reduced to a level that makes travel very dangerous. There have been reports of intermittent whiteout conditions. Also, some weather conditions can be so severe that road treatments such as salt and sand are ineffective. Drivers are advised not to travel in these areas until conditions improve.

If you must travel, drivers should have a full tank of gas, a winter survival kit and remember:

  • check www.511mn.org Or get the free smartphone app on Google Play or App Store for road conditions, travel information.
  • Watch out for snowplows, turns and exits frequently, with little warning. They may also cross the centerline or partially increase traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • stay back At least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive in snow clouds.
  • slow down to a speed that is safe in the current situation.
  • turn on the headlights When Please fasten your seat belt.
  • Turn off cruise control.
  • Be patient Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Do not drive distracted.

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stay connected and informed

  • Join the MnDOT South Central Minnesota Facebook Group
  • follow me on twitter @mndotscentral
  • For the latest road conditions, please visit www.511mn.org.
  • Visit mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html for more tips on safe winter driving.

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