No travel advisories lifted in portions of west central Minnesota
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — (6:20 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted the no travel advisory for state and federal highways in the following counties:
- Big Stone
- portions of Wilkin
Visibility has improved in these areas, however, roads are completely snow and ice covered so motorists are advised to reduce speeds and drive according to conditions.
Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Osakis and Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon remain closed until conditions improve. A no travel advisory is still in effect for state and federal highways in the following counties:
- Otter Tail
- Wilkin – Highway 9 from Breckenridge to Barnesville
- Wilkin – Highway 75 from Breckenridge to Moorhead
- Wilkin – 210 from Fergus Falls to Wahpeton
Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists 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 will apply.
With the combination of high sustained wind speeds, wind gusts and ice covered or compacted roads, driving conditions are dangerous throughout west central Minnesota. Near zero visibility and deteriorating road conditions have contributed 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 are out and 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.