Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 14, 2019

Blowing snow and icy conditions creating hazardous driving conditions in SE MN

ROCHESTER, Minn. — (4:30 p.m.)  Strong winds, blowing snow and icy road conditions are creating difficult driving conditions in southeast Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Southbound Interstate 35 near Clarks Grove north of Albert Lea is closed due to a multi-vehicle crash. Motorists are being detoured at Hwy 251 east to Freeborn County Road 26 south to Interstate 90 west. Expect traffic delays. It could take several hours to clear the crash scene.

Law enforcement has reported difficult driving conditions I-90 in Mower County, Hwy 14 between Dodge Center and I-35 and other areas of southeast Minnesota.

MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:

  • 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

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.