OLIVIA — Gov, Tim Walz on Wednesday evening authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide emergency relief services for stranded motorists in the winter storm, including at the Olivia armory.

Currently, the Minnesota National Guard is activated in Renville and Martin counties. Additional support will be provided in other parts of the state if needed.

According to the statement from his office, heavy snow and strong winds have stranded motorists in Renville County, where two major highways — U.S. 212 and U.S. 71 — are closed due to blizzard conditions. The Minnesota National Guard will open the armory to be used as a temporary shelter.

Additionally, the Minnesota National Guard’s small unit support vehicle (SUSV) will be used to help rescue stranded motorists in Martin County, and the Fairmont Armory will also be opened for stranded motorists.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced late Wednesday that some travel advisories were lifted in west central Minnesota, though conditions remained poor with blowing snow and reduced visibility.

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Many highways in west central and southwestern Minnesota remain closed, and other remain under a no travel advisory. Check www.511mn.org for the latest information.

A bliizzard warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for portions of west central Minnesota. The warning was ending at 9 p.m. Wednesday for parts of southwestern Minnesota.

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