No travel advised as blizzard blows through

Lisa Schwarz
Redwood Falls Gazette

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising against travel in the following southwest Minnesota counties Wednesday due to whiteouts stirred by strong winds:

  • Western Chippewa, 
  • Lac qui Parle
  • Lincoln
  • Lyon
  • Murray
  • Pipestone
  • Western Redwood
  • Western Renville
  • Yellow Medicine

Motorists are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve.

The Redwood Falls/Wabasso area is under a blizzard warning until 6 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service says 4 to 7 inches of snow is expected before the precipition tapers off Wednesday night.

Winds gusting as high as 55 mph are blowing snow, significantly reducing visibility. Dangerously cold wind chills as low as 35 below zero are expected overnight.