WILLMAR, Minn. – (8:45 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recommends motorists continue to stay off state highways throughout much of southwest Minnesota due to dangerous winter driving conditions and closed highways. MnDOT is working to open closed highways and improve roads as conditions allow.
The following state highway segments will remain closed through early morning (Monday):
- Highway 23 from Willmar to Clara City
- Highway 4 from Hector to Cosmos
Officials said the following state highway segments have gone from closed to No Travel Advised overnight:
- Highway 67 from U.S. Highway 75 to Granite Falls
- U.S. Highway 212 from Olivia to Glencoe
- U.S. Highway 71 from Highway 7 to U.S. Highway 14
- Highway 19 from Marshall to Redwood Falls
As of last night, no travel advisories remain on many state highways in Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, Pipestone, Meeker, McLeod, and Murray counties. Conditions are changing and will be adjusted as southwest Minnesota snowplows are able to improve and upgrade roads. Poor driving conditions may exist on roads that are marked as open.
Please consult www.511mn.org for specific state highway information.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
No Travel Advised means that the roadway has deteriorated and/or visibility has been reduced to the point that it is very dangerous to travel; there are reports of intermittent white out conditions; and, some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments, such as salt or sand, are not effective.
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