Road closures map at 7 pm March 16, 2023 from MnDot

WILLMAR, Minn. – At 7 pm Thursday, March 16, 2023, the Minnesota Department of Transportation in southwest Minnesota District 8 announced its overnight listing of road closures and no travel advisories. Blowing and drifting snow have created poor visibility and hazardous travel conditions. Some roads have closed due to the number of stranded vehicles blocking the roadway. Motorists are urged not to travel overnight throughout southwest Minnesota.

Additional road closures or travel advisories are possible as conditions are expected to further deteriorate overnight. The public is urged to consult before making any travel decisions. Travel conditions will be reevaluated in the morning and updates posted on when conditions improve.

Closed Roads

• All state highways in Lyon, Murray, and Pipestone counties

• Lincoln County: Highway 19 and all state highways south of Highway 19

• Redwood County: Hwy 19 and all highways south; Highway 71 and all highways west

• Yellow Medicine County: all east/west highways; Hwy 59 south of Clarkfield

• Lac qui Parle County: all east/west highways

• Chippewa County: all east/west highways

• Highway 23 from Jasper to Highway 71

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.

No Travel Advised

No travel is advised on the following state highways overnight and until conditions improve.

• All state highways in Renville County

• Most state highways in Kandiyohi County

• Many state highways in Meeker County

• McLeod County: Hwy 15 and all state highways west of Hwy 15

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.