UPDATE: The blizzard warning has been lifted for west central Minnesota, however roads in the region continue to be covered with ice and snow.
The National Weather Service had initially said the area could be affected by blizzard conditions until 6 p.m. Friday, but that warning was pulled back by mid-morning, with a current forecast of light snow, breezy conditions and temperatures in the low 30s.
Road crews are continuing to clear compacted snow and ice from roads and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel on a number of roads because of blowing snow and whiteout conditions.
Those roads include:
Hwy 14 - South Dakota border to Tracy
Hwy 19 - Marshall to Vesta
Hwy 30 - Pipestone to Westbrook
Hwy 59 – Marshall to Fulda
Hwy 68 – Hwy 19 to Wabasso
Hwy 91 – Hwy 14 to Chandler
The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the www.511mn.org website.
WILLMAR – Roads are “glare ice” in parts of western Minnesota this morning, where the region continues to be under a blizzard warning.
Tim McCoy, maintenance supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 office in Willmar, had crews out clearing state highways since the early hours.
“They’re all glare ice,” said McCoy. “It is ice on the roads.”
While the region did not receive as much snow as initially predicted and visibility is currently not an issue, McCoy said travelers need to be aware that a combination of snow and rain from last night resulted in slippery conditions today.
“It’s not as bad as predicted but still it’s hazardous out,” he said.
McCoy urged drivers not to use their cruise control.
“Slow down because it is slippery out there, even though it doesn’t look like it,” he said.
Crews are putting chemicals on the roads to help reduce slippery conditions, but he said with more snow possible today roads could be “slushy and icy,” especially in sheltered areas.
Meanwhile, the blizzard warning is still in effect until 6 p.m. for much of central Minnesota.
The National Weather Service said 2-4 inches of new snow is possible in some areas with north winds of 40-50 mph, which could affect visibility.
Areas around Willmar are predicted to get about an inch of new snow with winds 20-30 mph.