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No-travel advisories lifted in western Minn., but road crews say stay home

WILLMAR - The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted no-travel advisories on roads in west central Minnesota, but all roads in the area are still considered snow-covered and slippery.

MnDOT 511 plow camera photo The view from a snowplow is shown about 5:45 p.m. Saturday on state Highway 23 approaching the junction with U.S. Highway 212 east of Granite Falls. While the Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted the "no travel" advisory, motorists are advised to stay off the roads and let the plows do their work.
MnDOT 511 plow camera photo The view from a snowplow is shown about 5:45 p.m. Saturday on state Highway 23 approaching the junction with U.S. Highway 212 east of Granite Falls. While the Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted the "no travel" advisory, motorists are advised to stay off the roads and let the plows do their work.

WILLMAR – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted no-travel advisories on roads in west central Minnesota, but all roads in the area are still considered snow-covered and slippery.

And the folks plowing the roads would prefer that everyone else stay off them for now.

Many churches in the area have canceled morning services and other events planned for Sunday have also been canceled.

The day started with rain, sleet and then snow, leaving a layer of ice under the snow as temperatures drop in the evening.

“We’ve had everything thrown at us today,” said Todd Miller, maintenance supervisor for Kandiyohi County. The county plows were working to keep blacktop roads open Saturday and would work their full routes on Sunday, he said.

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“There’s a lot of wet, heavy snow; it’s hard to push,” said Tim McCoy, maintenance supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 office in Willmar.

It takes longer to clear the heavy snow, he said, and at times it was snowing so hard during the day that roads were filling back in behind the plows.

“It’s best to stay home if they can,” McCoy said.

Miller said it’s been a long winter for everyone, including the plow drivers. “We thank the public for their patience.”

Tyler Hasenstein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Services in Chanhassen, said, “We’ve definitely passed the period of heaviest snowfall.” Snow is expected to continue steadily until early morning, adding another 2 to 3 inches to the total.

By the end of the storm, Willmar will have received about 10 to 11 inches of snow, he said.

Stronger winds on Sunday will cause some blowing snow, but because the snow is so wet, it won’t be like the storms earlier in the winter.

Related Topics: KANDIYOHI COUNTY
In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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