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Nov 18 update: MnDOT advising no travel in parts of west central and southwest Minnesota

WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a no travel advisory for parts of west central and southwest Minnesota, where visibility has been reduced to zero. The no travel advisory applies to the following areas: all of Kand...

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  WILLMAR - The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a no travel advisory for parts of west central and southwest Minnesota, where visibility has been reduced to zero.  

 

The no travel advisory applies to the following areas: all of Kandiiyohi County, Chippewa County, Lincoln County, Lyon County Meeker County, Murray County, Lac qui Parle County, Pipestone County and Yellow Medicine County.

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Check www.511mn.org  for specific roads covered by the no travel advisory.

  White out conditions are present and roads are completely covered with blowing snow.  Crews are out working to improve road conditions.

  For those who must travel, MnDOT advises motorists to slow down, use their headlights and give plows room to work.

 

Other areas of southwest Minnesota are experiencing poor visibility, high winds, snow, slush and slippery roads as well.

 

MnDOT urges people to remember to check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.

In addition, follow these winter driving tips: be patient; stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud; stay alert for snowplows that may need to  turn or exit with little warning; slow down and use headlights.

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For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

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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