April 14, 2018 11:13 PM
As blizzard-like conditions swept across the state Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Transpiration advised against travel in southwest and south central Minnesota counties.
Those counties include Le Sueur, Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood, Blue Earth, Sibley, Faribault, Waseca, Nicollet, Martin, Watonwan and Brown counties.
MnDOT said drivers in that area should wait to travel until conditions improve Sunday.
Road conditions have deteriorated to dangerous levels in SW Minn. Many state roads are closed, plows have been pulled off. Heavy snow and high winds have reduced visibility to near zero. Check https://t.co/XWS79i5zGb for current conditions. pic.twitter.com/FvxqPcjDi2— Kevin Gutknecht (@kggutknecht) April 14, 2018
Blue Earth county issued a statement that plows will even be off the roads for the remainder of Saturday.
State Patrol reported a total of 403 crashes as of 8:45 p.m. Saturday. There was also a total of 738 vehicle spinouts, or vehicles that went off the road.
#MSPNumbers Statewide Friday 12:01am through Saturday 8:45pm: 403 crashes (47 with injury, 2 serious-Brainerd, St. Cloud, 1 fatal-Medina) & 738 veh spin out/off the road & 16 jackknifed semis. Next update Sunday 10am. Road closures at https://t.co/4YLuvaEkPO.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) April 15, 2018
In the metro, drivers spoke with a KSTP reporter, saying they only ventured out onto the roads if needed.
KSTP Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell said the snow is expected to continue into Sunday and taper off early Monday morning.
Updated: April 14, 2018 11:13 PM
Created: April 14, 2018 12:22 PM
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