Snowfall and strong winds have created treacherous travel conditions through much of Southwest Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working to clear three jackknifed semis on Highway 60. Another jackknifed semi near Wilder has since been cleared.
According to MnDOT, the first jackknifed semi report was last updated at 9:55 a.m. The semi was blocking west-bound Highway 60 between Windom and Wilder, near the junction of Jackson County Road 15. That semi has now been cleared.
However, at 10:39 a.m. MnDOT reported a jackknifed semi on westbound Highway 60 near the Sixth Ave. junction just southwest of Windom.
At 11:08 a.m., MnDOT reported a jackknifed semi on eastbound Highway 60 between 400th Avenue and 410th Avenue near Heron Lake in Jackson County.
At 11:31 a.m., MnDOT reported another jackknifed semi on westbound Highway 60 near the Sixth Ave. junction just southwest of Windom.
And at 11:34 a.m., MnDOT reported a jackknifed semi on westbound Highway 60 between County Road 47 and 550th Avenue, near Mt. Lake.
MnDOT also reports compacted snow on the roadway on Highway 71 between Windom and Sanborn, as well as on Highway 62 between Windom and Fulda.
While totals from the season’s first snowfall were less than two inches in most of the area, strong winds created blowing snow, which was freezing to roadways. MnDOT reports there is compacted snow on roadways, as well as blowing snow. Plow crews have been out since overnight.