U.S. Highway 212 now closed from Olivia to Glencoe; many travel advisories issued throughout southwest Minnesota
WILLMAR, Minn. – (3:00 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has closed U.S. Highway 212 from Olivia to Hector due to whiteout conditions. U.S. Highway 212 was closed from Hector to Glencoe earlier today. The following state highway segments are now closed in southwest Minnesota:
- U.S. Highway 212 from Olivia to Glencoe
- Highway 23 from Willmar to Clara City
- U.S. Highway 71 from Highway 7 to U.S. Highway 14 (corrected from previous news release)
- Highway 19 from Marshall to Redwood Falls
- Highway 4 from Hector to Cosmos
These road segments will remain closed until further notice.
Motorists should plan accordingly. 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 will apply.
MnDOT has also issued many No Travel Advisories throughout southwest Minnesota due to white conditions and drifting snow. No travel is advised on many state highways in Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, Pipestone, Murray, Meeker and McLeod counties.
Roads throughout southwest Minnesota may continue to become impassable throughout the day. Please consult 511mn.org for specific state highway information.
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 white out 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 on these road segments until conditions improve.
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