ALBERT LEA, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation says two interstates in southern Minnesota are closed, while a “no travel advisory” has been issued for several other highways due to whiteout conditions.
Interstate 35 is closed from the Iowa border to Owatonna, Minnesota, and Interstate 90 is closed west of Dexter, Minnesota. MnDOT is also advising motorists to stay clear of highways in southeast Minnesota.READ MORE: St. Paul Police Report Rapid Increase Of Overdoses, Warn Of Synthetic Opioids
Blowing and drifting snow is causing poor conditions, making it harder for plows to get through to clear the roadways. Some drifts have been estimated as high as 6 feet, as wind gusts are reaching 50 mph at times.
As of Sunday morning, the National Guard and State Patrol had already rescued dozens of stranded motorists.READ MORE: 'It Was Just Nuts': Severe Storms Leave Residents With Damage, Debris, And Outages
For a full list of highways under the no travel advisory, visit MnDOT’s website.
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