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Jan. 14, 2021

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MnDOT announces highway closures in SW Minnesota at 10 p.m.

No Travel Advisories currently in Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood Counties.

MANKATO, Minn. — (9 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be closing highways in southwestern Minnesota at 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, January 14 due to blizzard conditions and zero visibility. Closures include Interstate 90 from the South Dakota Border to Blue Earth and are coordinated with the planned 10 p.m. closures in South Dakota. The closures will remain in effect through the night and possibly into the morning on Friday, January 15.

State highway closures at 10 p.m. include the following counties:

  • Blue Earth (Hwy 60 west of Hwy 60/169 junction only)
  • Brown
  • Cottonwood
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Nobles
  • Rock
  • Watonwan
  • I-90 from South Dakota to Blue Earth

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 already in place in Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood Counties. Additional areas may be added as the storm progresses through southern Minnesota.

Check 511mn.org for more specifics on closures and advisories.

Snowplows will continue to operate in areas where they can see. Snowplows will be pulled off the road when visibility makes it unsafe for them to operate.