WILLMAR, Minn. – (5:00 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) advises that strong winds and blowing snow could create difficult driving conditions throughout areas of west central and southwest Minnesota, particularly after dark. Strong winds and falling temperatures have the potential to reduce visibility, as well as create snow drifts and icy conditions on roadways.
Roads are partially snow covered, with ice and blowing snow in many open, rural areas. Snowplows are out clearing drifts and treating slippery patches. MnDOT urges motorists to exercise caution if they must travel this evening by using slower speeds, keeping headlights on and watching for snowplows, staying at least 10 car lengths behind a plow.
Earlier today, MnDOT officials issued a no travel advisory for Highway 4 from Highway 212 to Highway 19 due to whiteout conditions. A No Travel Advisory indicates that the roadway has deteriorated and/or visibility has been reduced to the point that it is very dangerous to travel. Motorists are advised not to travel on this road segment until conditions improve.
The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the www.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.