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SW Minnesota under blizzard warning until 6 p.m.; some roads remain closed

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Falling snow combined with winds gusting more than 50 mph in southwest Minnesota has state officials advising people in the region to stay off the roads.

A blizzard warning for the southwest corner of the state – including the cities of Marshall and Worthington – is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday, while a winter weather advisory remains in effect for south-central and western Minnesota until 6 p.m.

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Winds gusting up to 50-55 mph will combine with snow showers to create periods of whiteout conditions, the National Weather Service says, noting travel "will be very difficult to impossible" through Monday afternoon.

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The blizzard conditions started Sunday night for many people – winds gusting more than 40 mph caused whiteout conditions, which led state officials to pull snowplows off roads and advise no travel in much of the region.

What are roads like right now?

For the latest road conditions, check the MnDOT’s website here.

https://twitter.com/mndotscentral/status/696789061399355392

Here's a look at driving conditions in the southern third of the state, as of 10:50 a.m. Monday. The dark purple means "travel not advised," while pink indicates those roads are "completely covered" with snow.

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Many roads remain closed in southwestern Minnesota, where shortly after 7 a.m. MnDOT said Interstate 90 between Fairmont and Worthington was closed because of multiple accidents.

https://twitter.com/mndotscentral/status/696682804776599552

More closures came later.

https://twitter.com/mndotscentral/status/696694835311300608

https://twitter.com/MartinCoMN_SO/status/696721127582801920

https://twitter.com/NWSLaCrosse/status/696755952251498496

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