Road closures and no travel advisories remain in effect for most of Southwest Minnesota
WILLMAR, Minn. – (5:00 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed US 71 from Hwy 7 to Olivia and Hwy 4 from Cosmos to Hector due to whiteout conditions. MnDOT also advises no travel in McLeod Co. due to reduced visibility.
State highways are closed in the following counties due to zero visibility and multiple crashes.
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.
No travel advisories are in effect for state highways in the following southwest Minnesota counties. Strong winds and blowing snow are creating whiteout conditions.
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 whiteout 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 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.