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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 Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

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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