Updated: December 24, 2020 09:01 AM
Created: December 23, 2020 08:43 AM
UPDATE: The Minnesota State Patrol responded to 59 crashes and 153 vehicles off roadways from 9 p.m. on Wednesday until 6 a.m. on Thursday.
Eight jackknifed semis were also reported during the time frame.
#MSPNumbers Statewide 9:00 pm 12/23/20 to 6:00 am 12/24/20: 59 crashes (4 with injury, 0 serious/fatal) & 153 veh spin out/off road & 8 jackknifed semis— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) December 24, 2020
The state patrol is also reminding drivers to be prepare as the road conditions are still dangerous and to have a winter travel survival kit along with other winter gear and clothing inside the vehicle.
While some of the “no travel advisories” are being lifted there are still some that remain along with closed roads. More info https://t.co/UtVIO3kuBr Either way, winter driving is upon us. Make sure that you have your winter travel survival kit & extra winter gear #BePrepared pic.twitter.com/m0z8GiqqcS— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) December 24, 2020
UPDATE: The Minnesota State Patrol said troopers across the state responded to 125 crashes and 288 vehicles off roadways, plus 133 stalled vehicles, in a span of five hours Wednesday night.
Those numbers, which were from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., also included 11 jackknifed semis.
That moved the daily total for the State Patrol to 376 crash reports, 417 vehicles off roads/spinouts, 133 stalled vehicles and 30 jackknifed semis, across the state.
With dangerous road conditions and poor visibility in many parts of the state, the State Patrol was urging Minnesotans to stay home Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
#MSPnumbers statewide 4pm-9pm Troopers have responded to: 125 crashes (10 were non-life threat inj) an additional 288 vehs ran off rd/spun out req Trp/tow asst, 133 vehicles reported stalled and blocking traffic, & 11 jackknifed semis. Visibility still limited in parts of MN pic.twitter.com/vwGRoq30En— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) December 24, 2020
The Minnesota National Guard has opened its armory in Olivia to provide shelter for stranded motorists Wednesday night.
The National Guard said the move was made after a request by the Renville County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities are asking people to stay home and avoid traveling if possible due to dangerous travel conditions across the state.
At the request of the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the @MNNationalGuard has opened its armory in Olivia to provide shelter for stranded motorists.— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) December 24, 2020
Highway 12 in western Minnesota from Benson to Murdock is closed due to crashes and terrible driving conditions.
Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said the roadway is completely blocked with vehicles and law enforcement was working to rescue people in those vehicles.
Snow and strong winds reduced conditions to zero visibility.
SW MN: Hwy12 is completely blocked with vehicles - law enforcement is currently rescuing occupants from those vehicle. Hwy12 Benson to Murdock is closed. More info https://t.co/UtVIO32TcR This pic is Hwy12 near De Graff - zero visibility pic.twitter.com/rKeVnK3BcI— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) December 24, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging people to stay home and avoid traveling Wednesday night and Thursday morning due to dangerous road conditions in many areas of the state.
Interstate 94 has re-closed between Monticello and Rogers due to multiple spin-outs and crashes, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said at 6:40 p.m.
The news came just an hour after authorities reopened the section of the interstate following a crash earlier in the afternoon.
MnDOT is urging people to stay home and avoid traveling due to dangerous road conditions in many areas of the state.
Both directions of Interstate 94 have reopened from Monticello to Rogers. However, authorities are urging any travelers to drive slowly and be cautious as road conditions are still very difficult.
The roadway had closed earlier due to a crash.
As of 5:15 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation says some plow drivers have been pulled off roads for safety in parts of the state.
Several rescue operations were also underway.
The road conditions are dangerous in many parts of the state, and "No Travel Advisories" have been issued in many parts of the state.
As of 4 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol reported at least 251 crashes across the state and 129 vehicles that ran off the road. Additionally, 19 jackknifed semis were reported.
#MSPnumbers statewide Troopers have responded to for today as of 4pm: 251 crashes (41 non-life threatening inj) & additional 129 vehicles that ran off the road req Trp/tow assistance & 19 jackknifed semis. Crash in pic I94 near Clearwater (no inj) next number tweet at 9pm pic.twitter.com/MjQWlnBkC6— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) December 23, 2020
Several areas are under "No Travel Advisories" have been issued in many parts of the state due to dangerous driving conditions.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says "No Travel Advisories" have been expanded to Kandiyohi and Meeker counties due to whiteout conditions in many areas.
Multiple crashes have also been reported.
The snow and strong winds are creating dangerous travel conditions across the state, including in southwest Minnesota.
No Travel Advisory expanded to Kandiyohi and Meeker Co's due to white out conditions and multiple crashes. Dangerous travel throughout SW MN. pic.twitter.com/Ee2KSYiHYe— MnDOT District 8 (@MnDOTsouthwest) December 23, 2020
Road closures in place now in SW Minn.— MnDOT District 7 (@mndotscentral) December 23, 2020
Closed roads coded in red. More no travel advised being add to other areas. pic.twitter.com/OqJ4fWVSEF
New Ulm Police say that all highways west and south of New Ulm are closed.
All of highways closed West and South of New Ulm. If you can make it to New Ulm find a hotel here as this is as far as you will get if headed to South Dakota or Iowa— New Ulm MN Police (@NewUlmPD) December 23, 2020
Eastbound I-94 from Monticello to Rogers is closed as of 2:28 p.m. due to a crash.
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Eastbound I-94 closed at Hwy 25 Monticello tp Rogers - 2:28 p.m. Wed (12/23) due to crash at Hwy 241 St. Michael/Albertville, USE I-94 ALTERNATE ROUTES. @WrightCountyMN @monticello_mn @cityofstmichael Check https://t.co/51ah27TmH3 for latest update. pic.twitter.com/sarQmzomQM— MnDOT District 3 (@MnDOTcentral) December 23, 2020
The winter storm on Wednesday will impact travel for people who will be out and about with high winds, snow and ice causing whiteouts and slippery roads.
According to the National Weather Service, high winds are expected to be up to 60 mph in wind gusts causing snow to be blown and low visibility on the road.
Travel is not advised for western Minnesota as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
At 1 p.m. MnDOT gave a no travel advisory due to dangerous driving condition on state and federal highways in western Blue Earth, western Brown, western Faribault, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Rock and Watonwan Counties.
TRAVEL ALERT: No travel advised on state/federal highways in west central Minnesota. This includes Hwy 10 from Moorhead to Hawley, I-94 from Moorhead to Rothsay and Hwy 75 from Perley to Ortonville. Check https://t.co/kt5FT1QgA5 for all impacted routes (shown in purple). pic.twitter.com/ESNGf3Kid0— MnDOT District 4 (@mndotwcentral) December 23, 2020
Minnesota State Trooper Sgt. Jesse Grabow tweeted a video in western Minnesota of his vehicle going off-road into the median on Highway 10 between Moorhead and Glyndon.
He also said he just finished helping with a semi-truck that rear-ended a vehicle on Interstate 94 between Moorhead & Barnesville in whiteout conditions. No injuries were reported.
WC MN: limited visibility- blowing snow. This vehicle went off the road into the median Hwy10 between Moorhead & Glyndon (no inj.) I also just finished up w/a semi semi that rear ended a car I94 between Moorhead & Barnesville (no inj) in whiteout conditions. pic.twitter.com/ZYh8YnonqS— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) December 23, 2020
The conditions on the roads are also expected to become slick and icy due to the rain shower in the morning then the snow coming in afterward with freezing temperatures in the evening.
Road conditions in western Minnesota are deteriorating as the storm continues to move towards the metro and Wisconsin.
Snow emergencies have been declared already as of Wednesday afternoon. To see a full list, click here, and check your respective city government's website for more information.
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