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No travel advised Tuesday in six southwest Minnesota counties

No travel is advised in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Redwood, Pipestone and Yellow Medicine counties. People are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, 2023, by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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The view from a Minnesota Department of Transportation plow camera shows white-out conditions Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, 2023, on Minnesota Highway 274 in the Wood Lake area of Yellow Medicine County. Yellow Medicine is among six southwest Minnesota counties where no travel is advised.
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WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation this morning is advising no travel on state highways in six counties of southwest Minnesota, including Yellow Medicine and Redwood.

Heavy snowfall and winds have created limited or zero visibility, MnDOT said in a news release issued at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their best to improve roadway conditions; however, travelers should be aware that crews cannot see any better than other drivers and may be pulled off the road for their own safety, according to the release.

The advisory includes all or portions of the Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Redwood, Pipestone and Yellow Medicine counties. People are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve.

According to the release, an advisory against traveling means that the roadway has deteriorated and/or visibility has been reduced to the point that it is very dangerous to travel; there are reports of intermittent white out conditions; and some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments are not effective and conditions can become life-threatening for stranded travelers.

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Visit the www.511mn.org website for detailed information and updates on specific roadways. View road conditions from plow, weather and traffic cameras which are also part of 511.

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On Tuesday, a storm over parts of the Middle Mississippi Valley will slowly move eastward to the Lower Great Lakes by Thursday. The system will produce snow, rain, and freezing rain from Northern Plains to the Upper Great Lakes.

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