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Terrible road conditions lead to crashes all over southern Minnesota; travel not advised to the west

No travel is advised in nine southwest Minnesota counties.
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Heavy snow across southern Minnesota has led to hazardous travel conditions and the crashes are mounting as daylight breaks Sunday morning. 

"All roads in southern MN are snow covered and heavy snowfall is occurring in the Metro and southeast MN. Driving conditions are currently very hazardous so please use caution," said the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service at 7:30 a.m.

Roads are so bad in parts of southwest Minnesota that no travel is advised (purple in the map below). There are reports of whiteout conditions in the no travel advisory zones, and when it's not a complete whiteout the visibilities are reduced. 

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Counties under a no travel advisory are Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine. 

"Whiteout conditions. Snow fills in behind plows, road isn't defined. Stay out of the ditch - stay home until conditions change," MnDOT said in a tweet. 

For the latest road conditions in Minnesota, check MnDOT's interactive map here

Winds are expected to increase up to 30 mph in western and south-central Minnesota later today, which will exacerbate road conditions with blowing and drifting snow. 

In southeast Minnesota, the National Weather Service in La Crosse is warning of "dangerous travel" through about the noon hour, with slightly better conditions possible as the day ages. 


Snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour could continue in the heaviest snow bands through mid-morning, with the snow expected to come to an end around midday. 

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