The Minnesota Department of Transportation will reopen Interstate 90 from the South Dakota border to Albert Lea and state highways in southcentral and southwest Minnesota at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 24.
No travel advisories have also been lifted from state highways in the following counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan.
Motorists are advised that reduced visibility with drifting and blowing snow will still make travel difficult today and tonight. MnDOT urges motorists to reduce speeds and use caution while driving.
Snowplows have been out since 4 a.m., but progress continues to be slowed with large snowdrifts, blowing snow, and stalled vehicles from drivers who traveled on closed roads.
Interstate 90 and most state highways in southcentral and southwest Minnesota have been closed since Dec. 22 due to blizzard conditions.
MnDOT reminds motorists to be patient while snowplow operators work to improve driving conditions. The majority of snowplow crashes take place during “clean up” when motorists resume their normal speeds.