Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 11, 2019

No travel advisory expanded in the Red River Valley area

Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions

BEMIDJI, Minn. — (5:00 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has expanded a no travel advisory to portions of northwestern Minnesota due to low visibility and dangerous driving conditions. High winds and blowing snow are causing whiteout conditions.

The expanded no travel advisory now includes all highways in Norman County and western Polk County located south of Hwy 2. The advisory does not include Hwy 2. It applies to the following locations:

Highways added to the no travel advisory:

  • Hwy 9- between Hwy 2 and Barnesville
  • Hwy 32- between Hwy 2 and Tansem
  • Hwy 59- between Erskine and Fergus Falls
  • Hwy 75- between Hwy 2 and Ortonville
  • Hwy 102- between Crookston and Fertile
  • Hwy 113- between Syre and Hwy 71
  • Hwy 200- between Hwy 75 and Roy Lake

Highways in the following counties that remain closed in west central Minnesota:

  • Big Stone
  • Clay
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • portions of Otter Tail
  • Pope
  • Stevens
  • Swift
  • Traverse
  • Wilkin

With the combination of high sustained wind speeds, wind gusts and ice covered or compacted roads, driving conditions are hazardous throughout west central Minnesota leading to several crashes and spin outs. Motorists, and especially those operating large commercial vehicles without a load, should avoid all unnecessary travel.

MnDOT snow plows operate between 20 and 30 miles per hour during a snow storm. Motorists who choose to
travel must reduce their speed, watch for snow plows and be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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