Governor Mark Dayton has signed an order to provide help to drivers in south central Minnesota, after heavy snow and strong winds created dangerous driving conditions.

The Steele County Sheriff requested the use of the Owatonna Armory and the help of the Minnesota National Guard, to shelter stranded drivers.

With road conditions expected to worsen, it is likely that additional Minnesota counties may require that help.

The Minnesota National Guard will provide emergency relief services in Steele County until the storm passes, and the order also directs the National Guard to provide the same help in Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan counties as needed.