UPDATE: I-90 west of I-35 at Albert Lea closes again
(ABC 6 News): UPDATE 1:00 p.m. Friday – As of 2:00 p.m., the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office and MnDOT both announced that I-90 west of I-35 at Albert Lea to the South Dakota border is closed.
MnDOT said blowing and drifting snow is creating zero visibility leading to hazardous and impossible driving conditions. MnDOT had just reopened the interstate around 10:30 a.m.
Also, MnDOT said drifting snow on I-35 and poor visibility in southern Minnesota has been increasing.
🛑I-90 from the South Dakota border to Albert Lea will close to traffic again at 2 p.m. due to blizzard conditions, blowing & drifting snow, with zero visibility. Most other state highways in SC and SW MN remain closed or are under a no travel advisory. https://t.co/STAjia7tuF pic.twitter.com/e7jH5sdln2— MnDOT District 7 (@mndotscentral) December 23, 2022
(ABC 6 News): UPDATE 11:01 a.m. Friday – MnDOT has reopened I-90 west of I-35 at Albert Lea as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. The interstate had been closed since 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening because of poor travel conditions.
Despite the interstate reopening, MnDOT warns “travel is not advised” due to the ongoing blizzard conditions from strong winds resulting in blowing and drifting snow.
To view road conditions, CLICK HERE.
TRAVEL ALERT: I-90 has reopened in SW MN. Many roads remain closed & travel isn’t advised in much of the region due to blowing snow. Proceed with caution if you must travel.— Minnesota Department of Transportation (@MnDOT) December 23, 2022
Watch for updates on https://t.co/yhtPwRf2sU—use highway & snowplow cams to see conditions on your route. pic.twitter.com/lfhYqshM49
(ABC 6 News): UPDATE 10:02 a.m. Friday – MnDOT announced via Twitter that I-90 is tentatively expected to reopen on Friday morning.
MnDOT says other state highways will remain closed or “no travel advised” due to the blizzard conditions causing blowing and drifting snow leading to reduced visibility and hazardous travel.
MnDOT closed I-90 west of I-35 at Albert Lea on Thursday evening because of poor travel conditions.
I-90 is tentatively expected to open at 10:30 am today. Most state highways in SC and SW Minnesota remain CLOSED or ‘No Travel Advised’ due to strong winds creating blizzard conditions, dangerous wind chills, & reduced to zero visibility. Updates at https://t.co/STAjiap4Tf. pic.twitter.com/uzEymJeCRT— MnDOT District 7 (@mndotscentral) December 23, 2022
(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE 8:08 a.m. Friday: I-90 west of I-35 at Albert Lea remains closed. MnDOT camera’s from Friday morning show blowing and drifting snow across the road due to the strong winds. There is no timetable for when the road may reopen as blizzard conditions are expected through much of Friday.
Stay updated on the highway’s status on the MnDOT Southeast Twitter page, HERE.
I-90 west of I-35 at Albert Lea remains closed. You can see why. Strong winds have resulted in blowing and drifting snow across the road leading to hazardous driving conditions.— ABC 6 News – KAAL TV (@ABC6NEWS) December 23, 2022
⛔️I-90 near Lakefield (MnDOT)
⛔️I-90 near Rushmore (MnDOT)
⛔️I-90 near Welcome (MnDOT) pic.twitter.com/rYSzFKOxXw
(ABC 6 News) – Interstate 90 west of Interstate 35 at Albert Lea closed at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday because of poor driving conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).
I-90 remains open to the east from Albert Lea to Wisconsin.
The closure is due to blowing snow and poor visibility west of Albert Lea.
MnDOT will announce the highway’s reopening via its Twitter page: www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast and the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.
For state highway road conditions in Minnesota, go to www.511mn.org, call 511 or visit mndot.gov/.
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