Blowing snow, reduced visibility and drifting have created difficult to hazardous driving conditions in the region.
No travel is advised in areas west of Montevideo, where road conditions are described as hazardous. Lac qui Parle County pulled its county plows from the roads in the morning, and is advising no travel in that area, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
County plows are still operating in Chippewa, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties, but are finding the going difficult.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation in Willmar reports that state plows are keeping the highways clear but cautions that there is drifting in sheltered areas.
Diane Beck, MnDOT public affairs, said the department also advises motorists that there are drifting and visibility problems in the western portion of the region.