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Interstate 90 to tentatively open at 10:30 a.m. today; most state highways in southwest Minnesota stay closed

Most other state highways in south central and southwest Minnesota are expected to remain closed today and will remain closed until conditions improve.

Stock image of snow by Zac Durant from Unsplash.
Stock image of snow by Zac Durant from Unsplash.
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MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is tentatively planning to open Interstate 90 at 10:30 a.m. today, Dec. 23.

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Most other state highways in south central and southwest Minnesota are expected to remain closed today and will remain closed until conditions improve.

A “No Travel Advisory” remains on all highways in the following counties: Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood, Rock, Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan.

Some state highways in south central and southwest Minnesota may reopen if conditions improve, but MnDOT warns motorists that driving conditions will be challenging due to blowing and drifting snow reducing visibility. Motorists are encouraged to check 511mn.org for an updated list of road closures and travel advisories.

Conditions are expected to remain difficult until they gradually improve on Saturday. MnDOT encourages motorists to use caution while driving. Reduced visibility with drifting and blowing snow will still make travel difficult.

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MnDOT reminds motorists that it is illegal to travel on a closed road and if a motorist requires rescuing, they are liable for all related rescue costs.

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A "no travel advisory" 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 whiteout conditions; and, some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments, such as salt or sand, are not effective. Motorists are advised not to travel in these areas until conditions improve.

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

  • Check  511mn.org  or get the free smartphone app for road condition information, travel alerts
  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over center lines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • 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.
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