Mankato, Minnesota (KEYC) – The Minnesota Division of Transportation has issued an instantaneous no-go advisory on state highways in south-central and southwestern Minnesota, together with I-90, resulting from snowstorm situations and 0 visibility.
The counties included within the journey ban advisory are Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sur, Martin, Nicolette, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseka, and Watton One.
Most state highways in South Central and Southwest Minnesota will probably be closed tonight at 7pm. All state highways in Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Rock, Waseka and Watongwan counties will probably be closed. Blue Earth (Freeway 169 north of Mankato), Le Sur (Freeway 99 east of St. Peter, Freeway 19 from Henderson to New Prague), Nicollet (Freeway 169), Sibley (Gaylord to Freeway 169) and Freeway 19) Henderson) County will stay open as situations allow. Extra highway closures are possible as situations are anticipated to worsen in a single day and on Friday.
The problem with this blizzard is that the persistent excessive winds create blizzards and snow drifts, together with extraordinarily harmful wind chills, and visibility drops dramatically, typically to zero. The state of affairs may be life-threatening if a traveler turns into stranded. Vacationers ought to contemplate altering journey plans till the blizzard warning is not in impact.
MnDOT reminds drivers that it’s unlawful to drive on closed roads and that if a driver requires rescue, they’re answerable for all related rescue prices.
The shortage of journey advisories implies that the roadway is deteriorating and/or visibility is diminished to a degree that makes journey very harmful. There have been stories of intermittent whiteout situations. Additionally, some climate situations may be so extreme that highway therapies equivalent to salt and sand are ineffective. Drivers are suggested to not journey in these areas till situations enhance.
MnDOT District 7, which serves the Mankato and Windom areas, will not be staffed 24 hours a day. South Central and Southwest Minnesota crews will probably be out tonight till 7pm. Crews will resume operations on Friday morning climate allowing, however situations are anticipated to stay difficult on Saturday.
In the event you should journey, drivers ought to have a full tank of gasoline, a winter survival equipment and keep in mind:
- test www.511mn.org Or get the free smartphone app on Google Play or App Retailer for highway situations, journey info.
- Be careful for snowplows, turns and exits often, with little warning. They might additionally cross the centerline or partially improve visitors to additional enhance highway situations.
- keep again At the very least 10 automobile lengths behind the plow. Do not drive in snow clouds.
- decelerate to a pace that’s protected within the present state of affairs.
- activate the headlights When Please fasten your seat belt.
- Flip off cruise management.
- Be affected person Bear in mind snowplows are working to enhance highway situations in your journey.
- Don’t drive distracted.
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