Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 14, 2018

MnDOT advises no travel in portions of southwest Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. – (6:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in the following southwest Minnesota counties this morning: Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood. Roads are extremely icy and blowing snow is limiting visibility.

Motorists are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve. It is anticipated that other counties will be added to the no travel advisory as the winter storm continues. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the majority of southwest and south central Minnesota.

The public can view winter road conditions from real-time plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras.

In south central Minnesota there are 83 snowplows that work to state highways in the 13-county MnDOT District 7. In south central Minnesota, MnDOT plows 3,325 lane miles. An average route for drivers is 34 miles. MnDOT snowplow operators doing their part to make highways safe.

Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

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.