Some roads still iced over
Published 10:15 am Friday, January 31, 2014
Roads were particularly treacherous Thursday.
Some Mower County roads and highways remained ice-covered on Friday morning, as well. Highway 105 toward the Iowa border was listed as “difficult driving conditions,” on a scale of “good, fair, difficult, hazardous,” according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi isn’t surprised, as that is usually a bad stretch during wintry conditions.
“Right now, it’s a little icy still,” Amazi said of many county roads. “Certainly with the wind, that is going to continue.”
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Near Albert Lea, MnDOT warned motorists to be extra careful while traveling, particularly on Interstate 35. Conditions have improved this morning; however, several trucks and cars had gone into ditches between the Iowa border and Owatonna on that stretch.
MnDOT’s 511mn.org website lists I-35 and all the roads in the Albert Lea and Austin area as “fair.” Several crashes were listed on north and southbound I-35. Interstate 90 in Mower was also listed as fair.
“Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur,” the release stated.
Austin received another 2 inches of snow on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis. Tuesday’s forecast in Austin calls for a high of 7 degrees, with a slight chance of snow overnight.
—Matt Peterson contributed to this report