Treacherous travel faces motorists who venture into snowstorm


Accidents, spin-outs and cautious, single file traffic is slowing travel by motorists across the region ad the Sunday snowstorm continues. Plows and sand and salt trucks are struggling to keep up with the rapid accumulation across the state.

Minnesota Public Radio quotes National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn DeVinny, who says the area is in the middle of a complicated weather system expected to last through Monday. Northern Minnesota is also seeing heavy snow, and could see up to 12 inches by the time the system has moved through. Blizzard warnings will be in effect from Sunday night through 6 a.m. Monday in areas including New Ulm and Worthington.

Early Sunday afternoon, KMSP reports that in West Central Minnesota, the Kandiyohi CountySheriff's Office is advising against any travel on state highways and county roads due to the rapidly deteriorating driving conditions. Officials expect road conditions to worsen as the winter storm continues over the area, especially since visibility is likely to drop.

By 1 p.m., officials in Otter Tail County also issued an advisory warning residents against traveling on county roads.

To the west, Forum Communication reports the South Dakota Transportation Department closed Interstate 29 from Watertown to the North Dakota border. Snow and strong winds were combining to create snow-packed and slippery roads, with sometimes heavy drifting and near-zero visibility, according to the DOT.

The Pioneer Press is tracking minute-by-minute snowstorm tweets from readers, who updated the snow, sleet and freezing rain from around the region. The desire for a Monday snow day appears to cut across all cities and neighborhoods.

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