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Published December 25, 2009, 08:21 PM

MN Travel Conditions Update From MNDOT

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists not to travel unnecessarily in west central Minnesota due to heavy snowfall. Winds are expected to pick up throughout the day and driving conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly this afternoon and evening.

STATE OF MINNESOTA WINTER STORM UPDATE #6

December 25, 4:00 p.m.

This is a winter storm update from the Minnesota Emergency Operations Center

PLEASE NOTE - This will be the final update. The Emergency Operations Center is returning to normal operations.

Minnesota State Patrol

During the period from Friday at 6:00 a.m. to Friday at 2:00 p.m. Minnesota State Troopers responded to the following calls for service:

Statewide:

· 74 property damage crashes

· 11 personal injury crashes

· 265 vehicles off the road

Nine County Metro area:

· 49 property damage crashes

· 9 personal injury crashes

· 144 vehicles off the road

NOTE: There has been one fatal crash during the entire storm duration.

MnDOT

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists not to travel unnecessarily in west central Minnesota due to heavy snowfall. Winds are expected to pick up throughout the day and driving conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly this afternoon and evening.

No interstate highways or other road closures are anticipated at this time in west central Minnesota. However, Interstate 29 in North Dakota and South Dakota is closed from the Canadian border to the southern South Dakota border.

Mn/DOT snow plow operators are out in force and will continue to due their part to make our highways safe.

Mn/DOT would like to remind motorists to follow safe winter driving practices as west central Minnesota experiences heavy snow fall and increasing wind speeds.

· Driving conditions are difficult across the state.

· Blowing snow is hampering visibility in the south and west as well as along Lake Superior in the northeast.

· South Dakota closed WB I-90 at the Minnesota border last night.

· Iowa pulled plows from the road last night in the western part of the state to due blowing snow affecting visibility.

Southeast Minnesota

· Roads are slush covered.

· Plows are out and keeping roads clear.

· District advising no unnecessary travel and to drive according to road conditions.

Southwest Minnesota

· Highways have some compaction with slippery segments.

· Difficult driving conditions.

· Ground drifting but no major visibility issue.

· Visibility about one mile in Hutchinson region.

· Winds expected to increase later this afternoon.

· In the Marshall region it is difficult for crews to keep up.

Metro

· Roads are in fair driving condition

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