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SECOND UPDATE: Portion of I-90 re-closed due to blizzard

No-travel advisories remain in Rock, Nobles counties

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A Minnesota Department of Transportation snow plow refuels before going out to clear snow during Friday's snowstorm. (Tim Middagh / The Globe )

MANKATO — Due to numerous crashes, Interstate 90 westbound from Worthington to Adrian and Minnesota 23 north of I-90 have been re-closed, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced at approximately 12:30 p.m. today..

Additionally, there is a no-travel advisory for all other roads in the area. The southwest corner of Minnesota continues to experience strong winds with white-out conditions and ice compaction.

Update -- 10 a.m.

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MANKATO —The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced at approximately 10 a.m. today that all highways in southwestern Minnesota are now open, but warned motorists that driving conditions will range from normal to very challenging as they may encounter ice and high winds.

“No Travel Advised” remains on highways in Rock and Nobles counties and Minnesota 30 in Cottonwood County. State highways closed Thursday night NOW OPEN include the following counties:

  • Blue Earth (Hwy 60 west of Hwy 60/169 junction only)
  • Brown
  • Cottonwood
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Nobles
  • Rock
  • Watonwan
  • I-90 from South Dakota to Blue Earth

MnDOT snowplow operators have worked hard to improve road conditions. However, travelers should use caution and watch for slippery spots, especially in open areas. Strong winds and blowing snow may create intermittent whiteout conditions. Remember to:

  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines 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.
  • Manually 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.
  • Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at www.511mn.org .

Thursday evening release

MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed multiple southwest Minnesota highways at 10 p.m. Thursday due to blizzard conditions and zero visibility. Closures include Interstate 90 from the South Dakota Border to Blue Earth and are coordinated with closures in South Dakota.

The closures remained in effect through the night and into today. State highway closures include the following counties:

  • Blue Earth (Hwy 60 west of Hwy 60/169 junction only)
  • Brown
  • Cottonwood
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Nobles
  • Rock
  • Watonwan
  • I-90 from South Dakota to Blue Earth

Roadways will remain closed until conditions improve. When a road is closed, it is illegal to travel in that area. Drivers 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 could apply.

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No-travel advisories are already in place in Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood counties. Additional areas may be added as the storm progresses through southern Minnesota.

Check www.511mn.org for more specifics on closures and advisories.

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