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Jan. 15, 2021

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MnDOT announces highway openings in SW Minnesota

Motorists warned that conditions vary from normal to extreme ice and wind

MANKATO, Minn. — (10 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that all highways in southwestern Minnesota are now open but warns motorists that driving conditions will range from normal to very challenging as they may encounter ice and high winds.

“No Travel Advised” remains on highways in Rock and Nobles County and Highway 30 in Cottonwood County.

State highways closed last night NOW OPEN include the following counties:

  • Blue Earth (Hwy 60 west of Hwy 60/169 junction only)
  • Brown
  • Cottonwood
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Nobles 
  • Rock
  • Watonwan
  • I-90 from South Dakota to Blue Earth

MnDOT snowplow operators have worked hard to improve road conditions; however, travelers should use caution and watch for slippery spots, especially in open areas. Strong winds and blowing snow may create intermittent whiteout conditions. 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.
  • Manually 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.

Update

(12:30 p.m.) — Due to numerous crashes, I-90 westbound Adrian to Worthington and Highway 23 north of I-90 have RE-CLOSED.

No Travel Advisory for all other roads in the area.

The southwest corner of Minnesota continues to experience strong winds with white-out conditions and ice compaction.

Update

(2:45 p.m.) – I-90 westbound Adrian to Worthington and Highway 23 north of I-90 have re-opened.

No Travel Advisory remains in place for I-90 and all state highways in Rock and Nobles Counties.

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