Update: No travel advisory is cancelled for southwestern Minnesota
Update 5:20 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is lifting the no travel advisory for southwest Minnesota. While conditions have improved, travel is still difficult with slippery roads, blowing snow and limited visibility in areas.
Snow plow crews continue to work in southwest Minnesota and west central Minnesota.
MnDOT reminds drivers are out from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m., or longer if conditions require it.
If you have to be on the roads, please keep your headlights on.
Update 1 p.m.
WILLMAR - The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel today in portions of southwest Minnesota due to blizzard conditions and limited visibility.
The advisory applies to the following areas:
• Highway 7/Highway 59 — Milan to Montevideo.
• Highway 40 — MN/SD state line to Highway 29.
• Highway 212 — MN/SD state line to Granite Falls.
• Highway 75 — Canby to Bellingham.
• Highway 29 — Montevideo to Highway 40.
• Highway 59 — Clarkfield to Highway 212.
• Highway 68 — MN/SD state line to Canby.
• Highway 67 — Highway 75 to Granite Falls.
The average snow plow route in MnDOT's District 8 in southwest and west central Minnesota is 60 miles, round trip. Some routes are considerably longer. In difficult conditions it can take up to four hours for a snow plow operator to plow a route. In good conditions it can take two and a half hours to plow a route.
In general, plows are out from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m., or longer if conditions require it. Plow operators have much to monitor and control while on duty, and their ability to see behind them is limited. Their vision can be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing.
The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras.
Road conditions on major highways can also be viewed through the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), which is also part of 511.
MnDOT reminds motorists to:
• Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
• Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
• Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
• Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
• Slow down and use your headlights. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.