Plows take to highways in southern Minnesota as snow blows into state - Bring Me The News

Plows take to highways in southern Minnesota as snow blows into state

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Nothing signals the unofficial beginning of winter quite like snow plows on the highway.

It's happening in southern Minnesota, which the National Weather Service (NWS) says could see up to four inches of snow, with the far south of the state on the Iowa border likely to accumulate up to six inches.

The service says "moderate to heavy snow fall" will be seen "mainly along the Interstate 90 corridor." A winter advisory remains in effect through Saturday.

NWS also warns the "primary impact" of this will be on travel, as "this is the first snow of the season."

Indeed, though the "ground and roads are still holding in heat," the Austin Daily Herald says, the snowfall could be enough to create hazardous driving conditions.

It's a good thing, then, the roads are being cleared for motorists. Minnesota Department of Transportation Communications Director Kevin Gutknecht reported as much from a stretch of Interstate 90 near Beaver Creek, in the far southwestern tip of the state:

This comes a day after big chunks of the rest of the state got hit with the first round of serious snow this season. It led to a number of crashes, one of which involved a State Patrol car. Luckily, there were no serious injuries on Thursday.

On the lighter side, the sudden blast of wintry weather also brought with it the opening of skiing in Minnesota, at least in one place: Wild Mountain in Taylor Falls, which opened Friday (partly thanks to man-made snow). Other ski resorts are following suit and plan to open next week.

Next Up

billy's on grand

Coronavirus: Billy's on Grand will close for winter

The restaurant is among a growing list of eateries to close for the winter months.

ambulance

1 dead in early Wednesday crash on Interstate 694

The 28-year-old driver was not wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol said.

enbridge line 3

Complaint argues that Line 3 pipeline replacement is no longer needed

Honor the Earth filed the petition with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday.

danny lee bettcher

Minnesota man who had 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Danny Lee Bettcher is considered the most prolific drunken driver in Minnesota history.

coronavirus Wisconsin

Health leader calls Wisconsin's COVID-19 situation a 'nightmare scenario'

Wisconsin is reporting record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

adam weeks

MN GOPers facing new claims they recruited legal pot candidates to run in swing races

Republicans have allegedly been encouraging people to run as legal marijuana candidates to take votes away from Democrats.

clayton brandt

Victim of car crash identified as Lake City firefighter

Lake City firefighter Clayton Brandt died after a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday.

hy-vee sterile carts

Hy-Vee starts using automated system to disinfect shopping carts

By mid-November, more than 200 Hy-Vee stores will have this system in place.

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.

CrispAndGreenPhoto

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

Related