I-35 closed from Iowa border to Owatonna, I-90 closed west of Dexter because of whiteout driving conditions
No Travel Advisory for other highways in region
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (7:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists that Interstate 35 is closed from Owatonna to the Iowa border and Interstate 90 is closed from Dexter in Mower County west, because of poor driving conditions with blowing and drifting snow. Additionally, most highways in southeast Minnesota continue with a No Travel Advisory, which means conditions are poor or impassable. Motorists should stay off the highways while snowplows continue to work.
Road closure devices may include barricades, flashing lights or gates lowered across the roadway. They inform motorists the road is not safe for travel. Their only option is to turn around and get off the road quickly. The decision to close a highway is made by MnDOT, with input from local law enforcement and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Additionally, MnDOT has issued a No Travel Advisory in the region for the following highways:
- Highway 13 from Albert Lea to New Richland
- Highway 14 from Winona to west of I-35
- Highway 16 from Dexter to Whalan
- Highway 19 from Highway 56 to Highway 61
- Highway 30 from New Richland to Highway 74
- Highway 42 from I-90 to Highway 61
- Highway 43 from I-90 to Winona
- Highway 52 from Iowa border to Cannon Falls
- Highway 56 from the Iowa border to Highway 52
- Highway 57 from Kasson to Highway 52
- Highway 58 from Zumbrota to Red Wing
- Highway 60 from Kenyon to Wabasha
- Highway 61 from Homer to Miesville
- Highway 63 from the Iowa border to Lake City
- Highway 65 near Albert Lea
- Highway 69 near Albert Lea
- Highway 74 from Highway 30 to Highway 61
- Highway 80 from Highway 16 to Highway 52
- Highway 105 from the Iowa border to Austin
- Highway 139 from the Iowa border to Harmony
- Highway 218 from the Iowa border to Owatonna
- Highway 248 from Altura to Minnesota City
- Highway 251 from Clarks Grove to Highway 218
- Highway 250 from Highway 30 to Lanesboro
- I-90 from Highway 43 to Dexter
- I-35 from Owatonna to Faribault
The advisory will be lifted when conditions improve. More highways could be added to the advisory as conditions worsen across the region. Check MnDOT’s road conditions map for all advisories at 511mn.org
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for many counties in southeast Minnesota. The weather service says the combination of heavy snow and wind gusts to 50 mph could make it deadly if precautions aren’t taken. Heavy snow and winds will result in severe impacts to travel for many motorists into Sunday.
MnDOT snowplow operators are on the roads but wind is making snowplowing challenging with drifting and limited visibility. High winds, especially in unsheltered areas, will result in whiteout conditions and have the potential for heavy drifting.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should 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
- 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 511mn.org
To learn more about road conditions, highway construction and other southeast Minnesota MnDOT news, join the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.