More Than 150 Cars Went Off The Road In A 12 Hour Span

Minnesota State Patrol says travel is not advised

Blowing snow has been creating icy roads and poor visibility for drivers in the Sioux Empire for the past 24 hours.

I-90 was shut down from Worthington to Fairmont for much of the day; a large stretch of Highway 60 north of Worthington was also closed.

Minnesota State Patrol say in the southwest corner of the state, just from midnight to 1 p.m. Monday, more than 150 vehicles went off the road; which is why some locals decided against driving. 

“I heard so many bad things today, that I decided I wasn’t going anywhere,” says Humbolt resident Janis Oldre. 

Oldre says she normally makes her way to Hartford, but decided to stay in town today, only leaving to grab some items for her elder sister. 

“I wait unless it’s an emergency, I just won’t go anywhere, I’m kind of a little baby about it,” says Oldre. 

This is a decision that Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Matt Sorenson is encouraging. 

“If you don’t have to travel, we’re advising you not to travel,” says Lt. Sorenson. 

Lt. Sorenson says the weather conditions are causing a number of vehicles to go off the road.

If that does happen, Lt. Sorenson says stay inside the car. 

“Don’t try to walk somewhere because you can get turned around pretty fast, and pretty soon you’re lost in the middle of the snow,” says Lt. Sorenson. 

This is exactly why Oldre says she stays indoors. 

“It’s not worth it, totally not worth it, don’t do it.”

If you do choose to drive, make sure you have a full tank of gas, because Lt. Sorenson says there is no guarantee that Minnesota State Patrol Troopers can make it to you if you get stuck.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, both I-90 and Highway 60 are back open.

But the roads are partially covered with ice.

In some spots, near both Windom and Jackson, the roads are completely covered in snow.