I-35 in southern Minn. reopens, many roads remain closed

February 26, 2019 05:47 AM

Crews continued work Tuesday to clear and reopen roads in southeast Minnesota.

Early Tuesday morning, Interstate 35 south of Owatonna reopened.

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Overall, there were fewer closures in place Tuesday morning, however, travel was still not advised in some parts of southern Minnesota.


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It has been a frustrating 48 hours for many at shelters, motels and gas station parking lots.

While many people will be able to start heading home Tuesday, roads continue to be difficult and sometimes dangerous to navigate.

Ice and drifting snow have been primary issues. Minnesota Department of Transportation crew members said some roads were down to one lane due to huge snow drifts.

Officials also said it has been difficult to clear snow because of the vehicles people were forced to abandon to be rescued during blizzard-like conditions.

In Steele County alone, more than 200 people were rescued from their cars. About 140 people were still at an emergency shelter in Owatonna, which became the stopping place for people forced off I-35, including countless semi truck drivers whose trucks filled the parking lots in the area.

"Next thing you know, we're all sitting; it's about 40, 50 trucks out here, we just took over Walmart," semi truck driver Demetrius Jarrett said. "It's amazing, Mother Nature and her wrath."

Crews continued to work Tuesday morning to clear roads and lift closures.

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