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No travel advised near Belgrade, Paynesville and Sauk Centre
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR –  The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel this evening near Sauk Centre, Belgrade and Paynesville because of blowing snow, drifting and reduced visibility.

MnDOT issued the warning around 5 p.m. today as strong wind gusts continued to blow new snow across the region.

According to MnDOT, motorists should avoid U.S. Highway 71 between Little Sauk and Belgrade, and state Highway 4 between Interstate 94 and Highway 55.

Both roads have areas with snow drifts of 1-3 feet high that are encroaching lanes.

 MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe, said Melcher.

For updated information on road conditions, visit or call 511.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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