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Blowing snow reduces the visibility Monday as this MnDOT plow works near Willmar Senior High School. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

White-out conditions reported in Willmar, Minn., area

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WILLMAR — White-out conditions are being reported by drivers in and around Willmar this afternoon.

Kandiyohi County pulled its plows at 3 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions and plows won’t be back out until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Minnesota Department of Transportation plows are still out this afternoon, but driving conditions are not good.

MnDOT District 8 Public Affairs Coordinator TJ Melcher said there are no plans currently to issue a “no travel” advisory, but most of the roads in the area are rated as “difficult” or “hazardous” driving conditions.

“The road condition itself is pretty good, it’s the visibility,” he said.

“ ... The driving conditions are tough. Just because the road is not closed … doesn’t mean that it’s without risk," Melcher said. "Motorists really have to exercise some personal responsibility and decide if their travel is essential or not.”

If a person must travel, have a winter survival kit, allow extra time, and have no distractions — no texting — and no cruise control, Melcher added.

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

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Susan Lunneborg
Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for nearly 20 yearsShe can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email: news@wctrib.com.
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