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MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - White out conditions, closed roadways, strong wind gusts...that's what drivers faced in parts of western Minnesota. The farther west you drove, the worse it got with some highways closed and state patrol advising people to stay home.

Blizzard warnings canceled schools in some parts with gusts reported as high as 50 miles per hour.

"It's really bad. Visibility is sometimes zero. There was a couple of times I had to stop," said Mike Egi, of Woodbury.

The roads weren't so much the issue on Highway 212, but the blowing snow was.

That meant some stores and restaurants closed early. Trailways Café in Montevideo barely saw a customer once the weather turned ugly.

"Since 4 o'clock we had one customer," said owner Jim Curtiss. "We had one driver come in from Bismarck and I-94 was closed to Jamestown, so he cut south."

That driver is Eagan resident Jerry Mattson who was working in North Dakota on his way home.

"It's been a long day so far," he said. "You'll be going along and you can see 15 to 20 feet in front of you and then all of a sudden you can't see anything."

Despite that, there were very few spinouts or accidents on Highway 212 from the Twin Cities to Montevideo, if any at all.

While life can be slow in Prairie country, Thursday night it was even slower.

"If it takes me four or five hours to get there, I'm okay," said Egi.

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