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NEW INFORMATION: Minnesota roads closed from storm

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -  Reports of closed roads due to blowing snow and icy roads, power outages, and plenty of snow are what people are dealing with Friday morning.

Travel in Southeastern Minnesota is seriously impacted by the storm. Travel is not recommended at this time according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. These roads are either temporarily closed or impassable as of Friday afternoon according to MnDOT:
 
  • Highway 16 from Wykoff to Spring Valley
  • Highway 30 east of I-35
  • Highway 30 west of Rushford to Chatfield
  • Highway 43 between Mabel and Rushford
  • Highway 56 north of I-90 to Kenyon
  • Highway 57 from Highway 14 to Wanamingo
  • Highway 74 north of St. Charles
  • Highway 76 north of Caledonia
In a statement from MnDOT, it said southbound Interstate 35 from Owatonna to Iowa remains closed at this hour, while Interstate 90 has re-opened between Dexter and Austin. The eastbound lanes of I-90 from the Stewartville-Highway 63 exit south of Rochester west to Dexter are open and drivable.  Crews are working to clear the westbound lanes.  MnDOT said to expect delays of 20-30 minutes for traffic stops while plows clear the roads.  Vehicles will be escorted through the area.  Newly arriving traffic will be stopped until escorted through. 

"We’re receiving reports from veteran troopers in several areas of the state of conditions that are as bad as they’ve seen in 25 years,” said State Patrol Lt. Col. Matt Langer. “We need motorists to avoid traveling unless it’s absolutely necessary. It is simply too dangerous right now and MnDOT needs room to clear the roads of snow and ice.”

Southeastern Minnesota roads that aren't closed are listed as either in difficult or hazardous conditions.

You can find road information here.

While the immediate La Crosse area escaped most of the effects of the storm, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for La Crosse, Vernon, Houston, Crawford, and Monroe Counties until 6:00 p.m. Friday. The advisory deals with the winds and wind gusts blowing and drifting snow around in higher elevations and ridge tops.

La Crosse received 2.2 inches of snow in the past 24 hours according to the National Weather Service. Other areas received far more, especially in Northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota. Rochester and Mantorville, in Olmsted and Dodge Counties respectively, report nine inches of snow as of 6:00 a.m. Alma had five inches, and Trempealeau reported three according to the NWS. Spring Valley in Fillmore County got 10.7 inches of new snow.  Wisconsin's Emergency Operations Center reported that as of 3:00 p.m., 18 inches of snow fell in Superior, 13 in Ashland, 11 in River Falls, and 7 in Eau Claire

Wind gusts, some reported up to 55 mph, were blowing around the what snow did fall.

More than 290 people spent the night in shelters in southern Minnesota because of the storm reports the Department of Public Safety.

Several thousand homes are without power after either winds, ice, or a combination of the two downed powerlines in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  According to Xcel Energy said it had approximately 60,000 customers lose power from the storm.  As of noon, they said only 6,600 remain.  Extra crews are working on those outages Friday afternoon. An area stretching from Winona to Eau Claire to the Twin Cities is where the outages occurred.   

A home in Austin was damaged when part of a tree covered in heavy, wet snow fell.  Another tree blocked traffic on a city street when it fell.

Stay tuned to WXOW and WXOW.com for the latest weather information, including conditions, radar, updated forecasts, and school cancellations.  The WXOW.com weather page and our FREE WXOW weather app are also resources to get information online wherever you may be. 

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