Blizzard conditions and cold expected to severely impact travel in southcentral and southwest Minnesota

Blizzard conditions and cold expected to severely impact travel in southcentral and southwest Minnesota

MnDOT -- Snow, blowing snow, reduced visibility and challenging driving conditions are likely to develop in southcentral and southwest Minnesota later this week. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning Wednesday and Wednesday evening for the region. A Blizzard Warning goes into effect Thursday across southern and western MN. Blizzard conditions, dangerously cold air and accumulating snow are expected. Travel Thursday afternoon through Friday night could be impossible and life-threatening. Snow is expected to fall starting Wednesday into early Thursday. Strong winds begin Thursday and last through Saturday. Wind chills up to -40 degrees will be extremely dangerous for stranded motorists, becoming a life-threatening situation for motorists. A detailed forecast can be found at the National Weather Service Twin Cities website. Motorists should prepare for changing weather and monitor road conditions at 511mn.org. Potential road impacts include blowing and drifting snow, with reduced to zero visibility, making roads difficult or even impassible. Motorists are advised that the forecasted storm may result in travel advisories or road closures. MnDOT emphasizes that it's a violation for motorists to attempt to travel on a closed road, and drivers attempting to travel on a closed road who require rescuing are liable for all related rescue costs. The storm will impact most of the central U.S. and motorists are encouraged to monitor regional National Weather Service forecasts for the latest information. If you must travel, www.511mn.org can help you understand the condition of state highways and interstates. 511mn.org has snowplow and traffic cameras, road conditions, and weather alerts. Links to download the app can be found below under Stay connected. NWS Twin Cities - Blizzard Stay connected Monitor traffic, travel information, and traffic views in Minnesota through MnDOT’s traffic and road conditions map at 511mn.org, or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store. Follow MnDOT Southcentral Minnesota on the MnDOT Southeast Minnesota Facebook group and on Twitter at: @mndotsouthcentral. Regional state road condition sites: Iowa - www.511ia.org North Dakota - www.dot.nd.gov South Dakota - www.sd511.org Wisconsin - www.511wi.gov
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