MnDOT announces state highway closures in southwest Minnesota, including I-90, at 2 p.m. due to blizzard conditions
Blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility creating hazardous travel conditions
MANKATO, Minn. – (1:45 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation is closing all state highways and Interstate 90 at 2 p.m. today from Worthington west to the South Dakota border, and from Worthington south to the Iowa border due to blizzard conditions creating blowing and drifting snow and significantly reducing visibility. East routes out of Worthington including I-90 and Highway 60 are expected to remain open at this time
The state highway closures include:
- Highway 270
- Highway 23
- Highway 75
- Highway 91
- Highway 59
- Highway 60
- I-90 (from Worthington to the South Dakota border)
The road closures will remain in effect until conditions improve. MnDOT reminds motorists that it is illegal to travel on a closed road and if a motorist requires rescuing, they are liable for all related rescue costs.
Additional road closures or travel advisories are possible as conditions are expected to further deteriorate overnight.
Challenges with this blizzard stem from prolonged high winds causing blowing and drifting snow, dramatically reduced and zero visibility at times, along with dangerous wind chills. Conditions could be life-threating if travelers were to become stranded. Travelers should consider changing travel plans until the blizzard warning is no longer in effect.
MnDOT District 7, serving the Mankato and Windom areas, is not staffed for 24-hour coverage. Crews in southcentral and southwest Minnesota are expected to be out late tonight and will resume operations early Thursday morning.
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