UPDATE: The closure is no longer a problem and the southbound lanes have re-opened.
Original story 3:30 p.m. Thursday
A crash involving multiple vehicles closed down part of Interstate 35 in southern Minnesota.
Minnesota State Patrol officials said the multi-vehicle crash closed the southbound lanes of the interstate near Clarks Grove, which is located north of Albert Lea and south of Owatonna, at around 3 p.m.
Blowing snow is making for dangerous travel conditions in parts of southern and western Minnesota as strong northwest winds are following a cold front that brought a band of snow through the state today.
Here's another view of the snow drifting across the interstate near the crash scene.