Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Dec. 23, 2020

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Hwy 23 closed Granite Falls to Marshall; no travel advisory expanded

No travel advisory expanded to include Kandiyohi, Meeker and eastern Chippewa counties

WILLMAR, MN. – (3:00 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Hwy 23 from Marshall to Granite Falls due to zero visibility and numerous crashes. The following highway segments remain closed due to zero visibility and multiple crashes.

  • Hwy 23 is closed from Marshall to Granite Falls
  • Hwy 19 is closed from the South Dakota border to Redwood Falls
  • Hwy 68 is closed from the South Dakota border to Marshall
  • Hwy 67 is closed from US 75 to Granite Falls

Roadways will remain closed until conditions improve. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Drivers 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 could apply.
A no travel advisory has been issued for Kandiyohi, Meeker and eastern Chippewa counties.
A no travel advisory remains in effect for state highways in the following southwest Minnesota counties until conditions improve. Strong winds and blowing snow are creating whiteout conditions.

  • Chippewa
  • Kandiyohi
  • Lac qui Parle
  • Lincoln
  • Lyon
  • Meeker
  • Murray
  • Pipestone
  • Western Redwood
  • Western Renville
  • Yellow Medicine

No Travel Advised means that the roadway has deteriorated and/or visibility has been reduced to the point that it is very dangerous to travel; there are reports of intermittent white out conditions; and, some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments, such as salt or sand, are not effective.
Motorists are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve.

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.

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