ROCHESTER, Minn. - Snow and wind have combined to force the closure of southbound lanes on Interstate 35 from Albert Lea to the Iowa border, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol.
The lanes were closed at 2 p.m. due to multiple accidents and per the request of the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve and MnDOT and the Minnesota State Patrol open the road. No timetable for that decision has been set.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and be sentenced to 90 days in jail.
The powerful winter storm system targeted southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and central and southern Wisconsin.
Blizzard conditions will occur at times in those areas.
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