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Travel advisory in southwest Minnesota expanded again Tuesday to add Kandiyohi, Meeker counties

No travel is advised in Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Redwood, Renville, Pipestone and Yellow Medicine counties in southwest Minnesota, according to a statement issued Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

MnDOT snowplow cam on U.S. Highway 12 east of Willmar at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.
The view from a Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow camera is shown at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, on U.S. Highway 12 east of Willmar.
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WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation expanded for a second time Tuesday the area where no travel is advised as heavy snowfall and winds have created intermittent and total whiteout conditions across southwest Minnesota.

People are advised not to travel until conditions improve in a dozen counties, including Kandiyohi and Meeker counties that were added to the travel advisory in a 3:15 p.m. statement from MnDOT.

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Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, McLeod and Renville counties had been added late Tuesday morning to the original travel advisory Tuesday for six other counties: Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Redwood, Pipestone and Yellow Medicine.

According to MnDOT, 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 whiteout conditions; and some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments are not effective and conditions can become life-threatening for stranded travelers.

In an earlier statement, MnDOT said snowplow operators have been doing their best to improve roadway conditions but crews cannot see any better than other drivers.

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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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