I-90 west of I-35 closed due to poor driving conditions

February 24, 2019 09:44 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea is closed due to deteriorating road conditions.

MnDOT said I-90 was closed at about 7:30 p.m. at Alden (exit 146), about eight miles west of Albert Lea. It has since closed I-90 west of Dexter, and I-35 has closed from Owatonna to the Iowa border. No Travel Advisories are also in place across parts of southern Minnesota.


The department also urged motorists across southeast Minnesota to consider changing their plans if they involve travel until the winter storm is finished Sunday morning.

Many counties including Brown, Carver, Dakota, Douglas, Dunn, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Pepin, Pierce, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Todd and Wright are in a Blizzard Warning until 6 p.m. Sunday. Several others are in Winter Storm Warnings or Winter Weather Advisories. 

KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan said heavy snow, possibly up to seven to 10 inches, could fall across the southeastern part of the state, with three to five inches more likely closer to the metro. But, combined with wind gusts up to 50 mph, travel conditions are expected to be extremely difficult and dangerous.

MnDOT said snowplow operators will be on the roads but snowfall rates, at times, will far outpace the work of the plows. High winds, especially in unsheltered areas, will result in whiteout conditions and have the potential for heavy drifting.

The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office said county plows have been pulled and tow trucks have stopped pulling vehicles out, because of the conditions. 

The department later said I-90 west of I-35 was closed, with roads east of I-35 remaining open for now.

MnDOT also issued the following reminders for motorists:

  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don't drive into a snow cloud
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt
  • Turn off the cruise control
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip
  • Don't drive distracted
  • Check MnDOT's road conditions map at www.511mn.org

You can also get the latest weather updates at KSTP.com.

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