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MnDOT reopens highways in southwest Minnesota but advisories against travel remain Saturday night in areas

The Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 says southwest Minnesota roads have been reopened, but advisories against travel are in place in Renville, Redwood and McLeod counties and parts of Meeker.

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The view from a Minnesota Department of Transportation plow cam is shown at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, on state Highway 4 between Cosmos and Hector.
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WILLMAR — Minnesota Department of Transportation crews have reopened state highways throughout District 8 in southwest Minnesota.

Blowing and drifting snow may continue to make travel difficult overnight throughout all counties in the district, and roads in Renville, Redwood and McLeod counties remain in an advisory for no travel Saturday evening due to blowing and drifting snow.

According to a 5 p.m. update from MnDOT District 8, a portion of Meeker County that includes state Highway 15 south of Dassel, and U.S. Highway 12 from Dassel to Cokato are also included in the no-travel advisory.

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The advisory against travel will be in place overnight and roads will be re-evaluated in the morning, according to MnDOT.

Everyone is urged to stay off roadways in a no-travel advisory. While a section of roadway may appear OK to travel on, there are portions they could encounter that are hazardous, therefore all sections of the roadway are assigned with the travel advisory.

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Conditions vary throughout the 12-county district and within each county. Please visit 511mn.org to see the current status of individual roads.

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