A blizzard warning continues from Mankato to the south and west, and a no travel advisory has been issued for a number of counties in south central Minnesota.

MnDOT’s Jed Falgren said the advisory covers Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Rock, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties due to, “Conditions we’re seeing…heavy snow. Moderate to strong winds so that is reducing visibility. And there is some compaction building up on roadways.

MnDOT anticipates possibly adding Brown, Nicollet, and Le Sueur Counties to the list later in the day, and Falgren said, “If you are hoping to get somewhere in southern Minnesota today it’s going to be quite a significant challenge.”

Falgren said plows are out in full force, “And we will continue to be out, although with snowfall rates approaching two inches per hour it will be nearly impossible for our plows to keep up and that’s in part why the no travel advisory is going in place.”

For those that do need to travel, Falgren suggest they take their time, slow down, and, “Give the plows plenty of room to work when you do encounter some. Plows as well as heavy trucks will be kicking up additional snow clouds today. It’s going to be quite a bit of a challenge to get around.”

Snow accumulation of 9-to-13 inches is likely in the heavy band of snow. The latest road conditions can be found on-line at 511mn.org or by calling 5-1-1.