Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea closed
ROCHESTER, Minn. – (5:25 p.m.) Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea is closed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The gates to I-90 west are being closed because winter conditions west of Albert Lea have prompted MnDOT to pull its equipment off the roads in that region. MnDOT wants to ensure that travelers do not go west on the interstate. MnDOT will announce when the interstate re-opens.
The no travel advisory for all of southeastern Minnesota continues because of hazardous driving conditions with blowing snow and reduced visibility.
The advisory is for Rice, Steele, Dodge, Mower, Freeborn, Goodhue, Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Winona and Wabasha counties.
A number of roads in the region have been downgraded to hazardous driving conditions. It’s possible more will be downgraded to hazardous as winds and drifting continue. More reports are being received on vehicle crashes. Two MnDOT snowplow in southeastern Minnesota have been struck by vehicles during today’s storm.
Officials do not anticipate any other interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.