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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.
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UPDATE 4:30 p.m.

Interstate 90 has been closed between the South Dakota border and Blue Earth – a 120-mile stretch – while many others highways have been shut down due to limited visibility caused by Wednesday's blizzard.

Numerous crashes have been reported on the interstate, prompting its closure. Other interstates in Minnesota remain open, though I-94 is closed between Monticello and Albertville due to a number of crashes and pileups.

I-90 will stay closed till conditions improve.

A "no travel" advisory has been issued for the following counties:

  • Blue Earth (rural areas)
  • Faribault
  • Nicollet (Hwy 111 and Hwy 22)
  • Sibley (Hwy 22 and Hwy 19)
  • Waseca

An earlier shutdown of Hwy. 210 between Breckenridge and Fergus Falls has been lifted and some of the "no travel" advisory in west central Minnesota has been lifted.

One remains in place however in Big Stone, Grant, Stevens, Swift and Traverse counties, as well as the south half of Wilkin County.

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A state highway has been closed down in western Minnesota and "no travel" advisories are being put in place as Wednesday's blizzard makes conditions impossible on the roads.

MnDOT and the State Patrol have closed Hwy. 210 from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls due to "zero visibility," and it will remain that way till conditions improve.

MnDOT has pointed out that driving on a road after it's closed can lead to a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. They may also get hit with costs if they need to be rescued.

There is a no travel advisory currently in place for state and federal highways in Big Stone, Clay, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties, and parts of Grant, Otter Tail and Swift counties.

"Blowing snow is causing whiteout conditions," MnDOT says. "Visibility is poor, in some areas down to zero. Snowplows will continue to operate, but motorists are advised not to travel in this area until conditions improve."

Snow either completely or partially covers roads across Minnesota except the southeast corner of the state.

A quick scan of the Minnesota 511 page already shows a number of spinouts, crashes, or jack-knifed semi-trailers being reported.

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Conditions are expected to be increasingly treacherous in the Twin Cities Wednesday afternoon, with the temperature dropping rapidly, causing flash-freezing on surfaces.

Snow events were preemptively declared in several metro cities ahead of the storm, with a foot of snow possible in some areas.

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