(Willmar MN-) As of 12:45 p.m. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has updated several state highway segments in southwest Minnesota to No Travel Advised. Strong winds and heavy snow have created poor visibility and drifts which are quickly backfilled as soon as they are plowed. No travel is advised on the following state highways until conditions improve.
- Lyon, Pipestone and Murray counties: all state highways
- Lincoln County: Hwy 19 and all state highways south of Hwy 19
- Redwood County: Hwy 14 from Tracy to Sanborn Corner; Hwy 19 south and west of Vesta; Hwy 68 west of Wabasso
- Yellow Medicine County: Hwy 68 from the state line to Porter; Hwy 59 south of Clarkfield; Hwy 23 south of Hanley Falls
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 whiteout conditions; and some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments are not effective, and conditions can become life-threatening for stranded travelers.
- Highway 14 from Florence to Tracy
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists 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 may apply.