Blizzard conditions close highways in northwest Minnesota

Snow drifts across a highway
Snow drifts across State Highway 9 near Barnesville, Minn., in this view from a MnDOT snowplow on Friday.
Minnesota Department of Transportation

State transportation officials closed several major highways in northwestern Minnesota on Friday morning as a winter storm brought blizzard conditions to the region.

The closures include Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Fargo, U.S. Highway 10 between Moorhead and Detroit Lakes, and U.S. Highway 2 between East Grand Forks and Erskine.

"High winds and blowing snow have created whiteout conditions, resulting in crashes, spinouts and vehicles blocking the roadway," the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported late Friday morning. "The highways will remain closed until driving conditions improve."

Other closures as of late Friday morning included U.S. Highway 75 from Wolverton and Moorhead north to the Canadian border, and U.S. Highway 59 from Detroit Lakes north to the Canadian border.

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Many other highways across northwest Minnesota were closed as of late Friday morning, and MnDOT advised no travel in the region.

Find more travel information on MnDOT's 511 site.

A blizzard warning remains in effect for northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota until 6 p.m. Friday. Find forecast details on MPR Weather's Updraft blog.

In North Dakota, Interstate 29 is closed between Fargo and the Canadian border, and U.S. Highway 2 is closed between Grand Forks and Devils Lake.

Find North Dakota travel information here.