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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

MnDOT announces opening of highways in region

At 10:45 a.m. this morning, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that all highways in southwestern Minnesota are now open.

However, state transportation officials also warned motorists that driving conditions will range from normal to very challenging as they may encounter ice and high winds.

Officials stated that “No Travel Advised” remains the overriding report on highways in Rock and Nobles County and also Highway 30 in Cottonwood County.

State highways that closed last night and are now open include include those in the following counties:
• Blue Earth (Hwy 60 west of Hwy 60/169 junction only)
• Brown
• Cottonwood
• Jackson
• Martin
• Nobles
• Rock
• Watonwan
• I-90 from South Dakota to Blue Earth County.

MnDOT officials report that snowplow operators have worked hard to improve road conditions. However, they add that travelers should use caution and watch for slippery spots, especially in open areas. Strong winds and blowing snow may create intermittent whiteout conditions.

Given today’s storm and the National Weather Service blizzard warning that is projected to stay in effect until 6 p.m., a number of office and business openings are in limbo this morning.

For updates on other potential closures, plus road condition information, check back on windomnews.com throughout the day.

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