Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 14, 2018

MnDOT District 8 advises no travel in portions of southwest Minnesota

WILLMAR, Minn. – (7:04 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel in portions of southwest Minnesota due to blizzard conditions and limited visibility. 

The no travel advised applies to all of Murray and Pipestone counties and portions of Lyon and Lincoln counties.  Roads are extremely icy and blowing snow is limiting visibility. Check 511mn.org for a listing of all no travel advised areas and current road conditions.

Motorists are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the majority of southwest and west central Minnesota.

MnDOT reminds motorists that the average snow plow route in District 8 (southwest and west central MN) is sixty miles, round-trip. Some routes are considerably longer. In difficult conditions it can take up to four hours for a snow plow operator to plow a route. In conditions where visibility is limited it can take considerably longer.

Plow operators have much to monitor and control while on duty, and their ability to see behind them is limited. Their vision can be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing. Stay back and give the plow room to work.

The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras. Road conditions on major highways can also be viewed through the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), which is also part of 511.

MnDOT would like to remind motorists 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 five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down and use your head lights.   Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.