Updated: No travel advisory lifted, roads opening

Motorists urged to travel with caution as blowing and drifting snow continues.

A Nobles County snow plow pushes back snowdrift on Nobles County 20 east of Leota in this Globe file photo from Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, as wind creates a ground blizzard and makes travel a challenge throughout the region.
A Nobles County snow plow pushes back snowdrift on Nobles County 20 east of Leota in this Globe file photo from Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, as wind creates a ground blizzard and makes travel a challenge throughout the region.
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Update as of noon Thursday:

MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Transportation lifted the no travel advisories on all state highways in southcentral Minnesota which includes Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin and Watonwan counties at noon today.

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For incidents recorded the evening of March 17 through the early morning of March 21.
“We sent out delinquent letters Jan. 1, and we got a lot of those payments in,” Jacobs said. “We get a lot of people that paid because they don’t want their name in the paper.”

Visibility has improved in these areas; however, there is still blowing and drifting snow, and roads are snow covered. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and drive according to conditions.

Interstate 90 and most state highways in Nobles and Rock counties in southwest Minnesota will reopen to traffic at 12:30 pm today.

Highway 59 south of Worthington and Highway 60 south of Worthington remain closed but are expected to reopen to traffic by 2 p.m. today.


MnDOT reminds motorists that it is illegal to travel on a closed road and if travelers require rescuing, other expenses and penalties will apply.

Motorists should:

  • Check for road condition information, travel alerts
  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
  • Turn off the cruise control.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Stay connected, informed
  • Join the MnDOT South Central Minnesota Facebook group
  • Follow us on Twitter @mndotscentral

For updated road condition information visit
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to

8 a.m. Thursday post:
WORTHINGTON — Blizzard conditions, with additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, are forecast today, according to the National Weather Service at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Conditions are expected to gradually improve through this morning, but significant drifting is still likely across portions of southwest Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 90 remains closed from 380th Avenue (Okabena exit) in Jackson County, west to the South Dakota state line. In addition, Minnesota 60 is closed from Worthington to the Iowa state line. State highways in Nobles and Rock counties also remain closed as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

Wind chills as low as minus 25 degrees are expected today.

For the latest road conditions, call 511 or visit .


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