Weather Forecast


Road conditions remain hazardous, State Patrol responds to 187 crashes so far

WILLMAR — Road conditions remain difficult to hazardous across much of west central Minnesota, even as state and highway snow plows attempt to improve road conditions.

According to the MnDOT information at, most road driving conditions in Kandiyohi, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine counties are listed as hazardous with heavy snow, blowing snow and reduced visibility.

Conditions in Renville, Meeker and Swift counties are listed as difficult, with packed snow, icy patches and blowing snow.

According to posts by Minnesota State Patrol public information officers on Twitter, between 5 and 10 a.m., state troopers had responded to 187 crashes statewide. The crashes included 18 with injuries, but no serious injury or fatal crashes, plus 289 vehicles that were off the roadways or stalled.

According to a tweet by Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha, State Patrol public information officer for the southern third of the state, preliminary three-day storm totals from Tuesday to today were 128 vehicles off the roadway, 53 property damage crashes and 10 injury crashes.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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