UPDATE: Northbound I-35 between Albert Lea and Owatonna is open

Southbound lanes still closed.

Posted: Feb 23, 2019 7:38 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2019 7:52 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Northbound Interstate 35 bertween Albert Lea and Owatonna has reopned but the southbound lanes remain closed late Monday afternoon.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says southbound I-35 south of Interstate 90 at Albert Lea is open to Iowa, but that section will be closed temporarilty early Monday evening in order to removed a vehicle from the highway.  The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office says westbound Interstate 90 is now open from Austin to the South Dakota border.
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ROCHESTER, Minn. – Interstate 35 remains closed from Owatonna to the Iowa border and Interstate 90 is closed from Highway 52 near Rochester to Albert Lea.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says a no travel advisory remains in effect for most highways in southeastern Minnesota and drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads while snowplows continue to work.
Other SE Minnesota highways that remain closed as of 2 pm Monday include:
- Highway 63 from Lake City to Zumbro Falls
- Highway 56 between Hampton and Dodge Center
- Highway 30 from Rushford to Highway 74
- Highway 30 between New Richland and Blooming Prairie
- Highway 250 between Lanesboro and Highway 30
- Highway 43 south of Rushford to Highway 44
- Highway 218 between Austin and the Iowa border
- Highway 105 between Austin and the Iowa border
- Highway 69 between Albert Lea and the Iowa border
 
Expect I-35 and I-90 to remain closed in southern Minnesota until Monday morning, MnDOT told KIMT on Sunday night.
DOT officials told KIMT they estimate the roadways will reopen late morning.
MnDOT (District 6) said plows have been out since Saturday afternoon and have been working around the clock.
Around 100 plows have been out, some of which have gotten stuck.
They said their biggest hurdle Sunday was assisting stranded motorists. They added much of the work they’ve done was undone due to the blizzard.
MnDOT said getting everything back to normal will be a slow process due to ice being underneath the snow, and they said it could take a couple of days until the job is complete.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office released the following statement Sunday night:
All north and south bound roadways in Olmsted County are blocked with snow in one or multiple locations. All east and west bound roadways are nearly impassable and still extremely dangerous.
Snowplows and all first responders including the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office are being pulled off of the roads and will only respond to serious emergencies.
Here is more information MnDOT released Sunday:
Many state highways in southeast Minnesota are closed at this hour Sunday
morning because of impassable roads, low visibility and dangerous driving conditions, and motorists should
remain off the highways to avoid getting stuck according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Motorists should review MnDOT’s road conditions map for current conditions at www.511mn.org. Conditions
are changing and will be adjusted as snowplows are able to open highways and ramps. Even then, travel is not
advised. Poor driving conditions exist on roads that are marked as open. MnDOT snowplows have been on the
roads, but high winds diminish the work they’re able to do.
MnDOT reminds motorists that Interstate 35 is closed from Owatonna to the Iowa border. The Iowa Department
of Transportation has closed I-35 from Ames to the border. Additionally, Interstate 90 is closed from Dexter to
the west.
Many other highways are marked as No Travel Advised. Motorists should not be on the highways. If they
become stuck, demand for tow trucks is very high and a lengthy waiting time is expected. MnDOT snowplows
aren’t able to pull vehicles out and will continue to plow the roads to improve public safety. MnDOT has assisted
ambulance transports to Rochester since the early-morning hours.
Road closure devices may include barricades, flashing lights or gates lowered across the roadway. They inform
motorists the road is not safe for travel. Their only option is to turn around and get off the road quickly. The
decision to close a highway is made by MnDOT, with input from local law enforcement and the Minnesota
Department of Public Safety.
Additionally, MnDOT has issued a No Travel Advisory in the region for the following highways:
 Highway 13 from Albert Lea to New Richland
 Highway 14 from Winona to west of I-35
 Highway 16 from Dexter to Whalan
 Highway 30 from New Richland to Highway 74
 Highway 42 from I-90 to Highway 61
 Highway 43 from I-90 to Winona
 Highway 52 from Iowa border to Cannon Falls
 Highway 56 from the Iowa border to Highway 52
 Highway 57 from Kasson to Highway 52
 Highway 58 from Zumbrota to Red Wing
 Highway 60 from Kenyon to Wabasha
 Highway 61 from Homer to Miesville
 Highway 63 from the Iowa border to Lake City
 Highway 65 near Albert Lea
 Highway 69 near Albert Lea
 Highway 74 from Highway 30 to Highway 61
 Highway 80 from Highway 16 to Highway 52
 Highway 105 from the Iowa border to Austin
 Highway 139 from the Iowa border to Harmony
 Highway 218 from the Iowa border to Owatonna
 Highway 248 from Altura to Minnesota City
 Highway 251 from Clarks Grove to Highway 218
 Highway 250 from Highway 30 to Lanesboro
 I-90 from Highway 43 to Dexter
 I-35 from Owatonna to Faribault

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