Weather Forecast


State closes highways in Renville, Redwood and other SW counties

Visibility is poor this afternoon in western Minnesota and travel is not advised. Few motorists were traveling on U.S. Highway 212 between Granite Falls and Montevideo where this photo was taken early this afternoon. Highways in several adjacent counties have been closed. (Tribune photo by Susan Lunneborg)

WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol have closed highways in southwestern Minnesota due to blowing snow and zero visibility in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Renville counties.

Highways in Redwood and Renville counties affected by the closures are:

• Highway 4 from Fairfax to Hector

• Highway 19 from Fairfax to Marshall

• Highway 212 from Highway 4 west to Renville

• Highway 7 from Highway 4 to Highway 71

• Highway 71 from Highway 7 to Highway 14 north of Sanborn

• Highway 67 from Redwood Falls to Morgan

• Highway 68 from Redwood Falls to Morgan

Highways in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Pipestone counties affected by the closures are:

• Highway 14

• Highway 19

• Highway 23

• Highway 30

• Highway 59

• Highway 68

• Highway 75

• Highway 91

• Highway 267

• Highway 269

• Highway 271

• Highway 330

MnDOT had pulled the snowplows from these highways earlier today due to poor visibility and deteriorating weather conditions.

Motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve and MnDOT crews can make progress to recover the roadways.

Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed, it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties may apply.