4:05 p.m. UPDATE
Whiteout condition have reached the Twin Cities metro area and travel is not advised.
3:00 p.m. UPDATE
MnDOT is now advising no travel in an even larger area of southwest Minnesota, including in an around the areas from Appleton to Montevideo, Granite Falls, Marshall and points south and west.
No travel is advised in the areas shaded in purple.
2:45 p.m. UPDATE
The National Weather Service has slammed the brakes on snowfall totals across the state. Even though 5-8 inches across a large section of the state is nothing to scoff off, it's a pretty big difference compared to the morning forecast.
For the Twin Cities, most will see 4-8 inches by the time it's all said and done, the NWS says.
2:08 p.m. UPDATE
Very strong winds are joining the heavy snow with gusts of 50+ mph already reported, including a 57 mph gust in Waseca. The highest gust at this point in the metro was a 48 mph gust in Coon Rapids.
2:05 p.m. UPDATE
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma is watching this winter storm closely and says snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour will be likely across central, east-central and southeast Minnesota this afternoon and evening.
Widespread thunder can also be expected in those areas.
1:30 p.m . UPDATE
Blizzard conditions have made driving very dangerous in parts of west-central Minnesota on Monday, and MnDOT is recommending no travel in portions of southwest Minnesota.
The no travel advisory includes Granite Falls, Montevideo and points westward, as seen in the purple shaded areas in the map below.
Specifically, no travel is advised along any of these routes:
- Highway 7/Highway 59 – Milan to Montevideo
- Highway 40 – MN/SD state line to Highway 29
- Highway 212 – MN/SD state line to Granite Falls
- Highway 75 – Canby to Bellingham
- Highway 29 – Montevideo to Highway 40
- Highway 59 – Clarkfield to Highway 212
- Highway 68 – MN/SD state line to Canby
- Highway 67 – Highway 75 to Granite Falls
Pink represents roads that are completely covered with snow and blue is for partially covered roads.
Heavy snow is currently hammering south-central and western Minnesota and it is working its way towards the Twin Cities.
Keep track of the latest road conditions at 511mn.org.