The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department says the roads in Blue Earth County are slowly starting to open up but the same is not true in some surrounding counties.
Even in the places that have reopened, deputies say the roads are partially or completely snow and ice covered so they are asking drivers to slow down and move over for emergency workers.
Highway 30 in the Mapleton and Minnesota Lake area remains closed. Interstate 35 from Owatonna to the Iowa state line is also still shut down, as is Interstate 90 from Fairmont to the Wisconsin border.
In addition, there have been reports locally throughout the morning of slide-offs and spinouts on Highways 14, 22, 15, and others.
Waseca County Emergency Management officials say that chose or are choosing to travel are only slowing the progress in reopening roads there. They say the county highway department is slowly making progress and getting roads opened and deputies continue to ask those that don’t absolutely have to travel to continue to stay off the roads and give the plows, snowblowers, and road crews room to work.
The Watonwan County Highway Department and the Martin County Sheriff’s office both say they have the county roads open again, but many of them only have one lane open in areas and they are asking people to drive carefully.
Many Steele County roads are closed, still blocked with snow drifts and stuck vehicles and officials continue to advise people not to travel. They add that the closed roads also include designated alternate I-35 routes. The department’s plow crews are working to open roads as soon as possible, but say that will likely take the remainder of the day.
The few roads that are fully open in Dodge County are snow packed and extremely slippery and deputies there say those that have to be out should be sure to buckle up, turn their headlights on, move over for emergency lights and plows, and slow down. They are also asking drivers to clear the snow completely from their vehicles before driving.