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Dec. 16, 2021

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No travel advisory lifted in 12 southwest Minnesota counties

WILLMAR, Minn. – (5:00 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted the no travel advisory on state highways in the following twelve southwest Minnesota counties: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, and Yellow Medicine.

MnDOT snowplow operators are working hard to improve road conditions; however, travelers should use caution as roads are completely snow covered. Strong winds and blowing snow may create intermittent whiteout conditions and slippery areas.

Safe winter driving recommendations

  1. Don’t drive distracted.
  2. Say alert for snowplows which turn or exit frequently and may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  3. Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow; don’t drive into a snow cloud.
  4. Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
  5. Turn your headlights on (not simply the automatic setting) and wear your seat belt.
  6. Turn off the cruise control.
  7. Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

Stay informed

  • Sign up for email or text travel alerts at MnDOT's website by clicking “Email and text updates” under the “Connect with us” heading. Choose to receive messages via email or text message. Then, choose the “Southwest MN Travel Alerts” under the “Travel Alerts” category.