Stranded vehicles blocking roads in southwest Minnesota Friday morning as blizzard continues
Most of southwest Minnesota remains an area where no travel is advised by transportation officials, and roads have been closed due to stranded vehicles.
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WILLMAR — While there is some improvement in road conditions as of 9 a.m. Friday morning right around Willmar, southwest Minnesota on the 511 travel information map largely remains a maze of road closures and areas where no travel is advised.
Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 tweeted at 7:45 a.m. Friday that U.S. Highway 71 is closed from Olivia to state Highway 7 due to a vehicle blocking the roadway.
MnDOT on Thursday evening had said no travel was advised overnight in southwest Minnesota.
Minnesota Highway 19 is closed from Marshall all the way to Fairfax due to stranded vehicles, and MnDOT Distirct 8 said in a tweet before 6:30 a..m. that "vehicles continue to become stranded" and no travel is advised.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Traveler Information website at 511mn.org is showing some improvement in road conditions as of 9:30 a.m. around Willmar and Litchfield, with roads partially covered though snow is blowing and visibility is a half-mile or less. The site shows most roads around Benson have only light snow as of Friday morning.
The blizzard is not over, however.
The National Weather Service-Twin Cities said Friday morning on Twitter that conditions "continue to worsen in open areas this morning."
And the blizzard warning for Willmar and the region remains in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.