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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hwy. 60, multiple highways to close overnight

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced a short time ago that it is closing all state highways and Interstate 90 in Rock, Nobles and Cottonwood counties, along with portions of Jackson and Watonwan counties in southcentral and the southwest corner of Minnesota.

Strong winds are creating blowing and drifting snow, significantly reducing visibility. There are also multiple reports of severely poor driving conditions on Cottonwood County’s rural highways.

The state highway closures include:
• Rock County
• Nobles County
• Cottonwood County
• Portions of state highways in Watonwan County. Highway 60 west of St. James is closed; Highway 60 east of St. James is open
• Portions of state highways in Jackson County
• I-90 from the South Dakota border to Jackson is closed; I-90 east of Jackson is open

The road closures are expected to remain overnight and until conditions improve on Friday. MnDOT reminds motorists that it is illegal to travel on a closed road and if a motorist requires rescuing, they are liable for all related rescue costs.
Additional road closures or travel advisories are possible as conditions are expected to further deteriorate overnight.

MnDOT District 7, serving the Mankato and Windom areas, is not staffed for 24-hour coverage. Crews in southcentral and southwest Minnesota are expected to be out late tonight and will resume operations early Friday morning.

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