The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department said many roads in the area remain closed and blocked by vehicles or snow drifts Monday morning. Officials add that county plows were pulled from the road overnight except for emergencies but crews were back out by 5:00 a.m.
However, they said it will take several hours to get the roads clear because crews will need to remove vehicles as they go. Deputies are still asking people not to travel and said the area is still in a no-travel advisory.
In addition to area highways, officials said several county and township roads are also blocked by snowdrifts and will take time to clear. They are asking people to stay home and give the plow drivers, tow operators, and law enforcement time and room to work.
In Waseca County, the sheriff’s department said blowing and drifting has all county roads still impassable. They are also asking people to stay home and give crews time to plow.
Officials said plows take 6 hours to complete routes on normal snowfall days, but the hard-packed snow that fell during the blizzard could more than double route times. County officials estimate it may take all of Monday just to get a single lane open on each route for travel. Deputies add that there are cars stuck everywhere and in the middle of the road that will also slow and hinder road clearing efforts.
The no-travel advisory will be in place until at least 10:00 a.m. and possibly longer.