2 days after blizzard, travel still not advised near Rochester

Things are getting better slowly but surely.
Publish date:
train stuck in snow

A train that got stuck in a massive drift over the tracks in Freeborn County. 

It's been nearly two full days since blizzard conditions wound down but travel is still very difficult in parts of southeast Minnesota. 

In fact, a handful of highways remain closed as crews continue working around the clock to remove massive snow drifts caused by 50 mph winds and about a foot of snow that fell in the Rochester area over the weekend. 

Interstate 35 has re-opened from Owatonna to the Iowa border and I-90 has also re-opened, although both main arteries still have a layer of snow and ice on them. 

Here's a morning update on road conditions from MnDOT. Highways colored in purple represent areas where no travel is advised, red markers indicate road closures, pink represents roads completely covered in snow and ice. 

Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 7.23.26 AM

The photo of the train stuck in snow at the top of the story is out of Freeborn County. Seven crew members were on two trains that got stuck on Sunday. They were rescued by the Minnesota National Guard, who got to them via a small unit support vehicle, according to Minnesota Homeland Security & Emergency Management

MnDOT shared video of their equipment removing huge snow drifts, some up to eight feet tall, from I-35. Note that these video were taken Monday and I-35 has since re-opened. 

Meanwhile, county roads are still a complete nightmare in southeast Minnesota. Many of them remain packed with snow and large drifts that will take time to clear. 

Next Up

minneapolis police

Police say officers were shot at in north Minneapolis

Officers were checking into a suspicious activity report when gunfire erupted.


Walmart to mandate COVID vaccine for some managers, corporate employees

The company will also reinstate mask mandates for employees in high-transmission areas.

Minneapolis police

Driver plows into crowd after downtown Minneapolis brawl

Two suspects have reportedly been identified.

Jorge Alcala

Rare night for Twins' bullpen fuels victory over Cardinals

The Twins scored five runs in the third inning in an 8-1 victory.

Bisi Johnson

Report: Bisi Johnson tears ACL, will miss 2021 season

Johnson suffered the injury during Friday's practice.

Mike Zimmer

Frustrated Zimmer sounds off after Vikings' positive COVID test

"I’m frustrated, not just with my football players who didn’t get vaccinated, but I’m frustrated with everybody [who didn't]."

Kirk Cousins

Report: Kellen Mond has COVID, Cousins among players out of practice

The team is scheduled to practice on Saturday night.

USPS packages

Two Ramsey County men sentenced in mail theft scheme

Sonny Vang Xiong was sentenced to three years in prison, while Davis Her was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Jeff Gladney

Jeff Gladney's ex-girlfriend files $1 million civil lawsuit

The civil lawsuit accuses Gladney of assaulting the woman for over two hours.

vaccine, covid

St. Paul care home group will mandate COVID vaccines for staff

It comes amid reports of COVID outbreaks at homes where residents are all vaccinated, but staff are not.


Blizzard made travel nearly impossible in parts of Minnesota

Travel was nearly impossible in northwest, west-central, southwest and south-central Minnesota on Thursday night.

Screen Shot 2020-12-23 at 12.55.58 PM

I-90 closes in SW Minnesota, 'no travel' advisories in place as blizzard hits

Western Minnesota has bore the brunt so far, but it'll get worse in the east later Wednesday.

snow, drift, blowing snow, roads closed

Roads remain shut down in southern Minnesota Monday morning

Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day.

oct. 20 snow crash

MnDOT launches winter travel alerts via text, email for SE MN

Those who sign up will be alerted about crashes and weather that could significantly impact travel.

Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 1.37.19 PM

Video: Driver films pileup on blizzard-stricken ghost highway

Even trains and a military "tank" got stuck in the snow.

Nearly $350K of marijuana found in a ditch near Rochester

112 pounds of high quality weed just sitting in a ditch.