The Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to advise no travel in Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Rock, Waseca and Watonwan Counties Monday evening, as many highways remain covered with snow and ice and visibility is reduced.

Drivers are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

In south central and southwest Minnesota there are 83 snowplows that work the state highways in the 13-county MnDOT District 7. MnDOT plows 3,325 lane miles in the region, and an average route for drivers is 34 miles.