Minnesota Closes 6 Highways + 1 Interstate Wednesday Due To Blizzard Conditions
The February blizzard that had been tracked all week has arrived, creating a lot of issues in parts of Minnesota, leading the Minnesota Department of Transportation to issue a series of No Travel Advisories on Wednesday.
It's also led them to close state highways and an interstage due to dangerous conditions. MnDOT says the challenges with this blizzard stem from prolonged high winds causing blowing and drifting snow, which has led to dramatically reduced and even zero visibility at times, along with dangerous wind chills.
Because of that, MnDOT closed all state highways and Interstate 90 at 2 p.m. Wednesday from Worthington west to the South Dakota border, and from Worthington south to the Iowa border. East routes out of Worthington including I-90 and Highway 60 are expected to remain open at this time.
The state highway closures include:
- Highway 270
- Highway 23
- Highway 75
- Highway 91
- Highway 59
- Highway 60
- I-90 (from Worthington to the South Dakota border)
These road closures will remain in effect until conditions improve. 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. It's simply not worth the risk to travel in conditions as poor as this, especially with the storm still active throughout the region.
Conditions could be life-threatening if travelers were to become stranded, so all travelers should consider changing travel plans until the blizzard warning is no longer in effect.
Don't be surprised if there are additional road closures or travel advisories as conditions are expected to further deteriorate overnight across the state.