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Blizzard conditions pummel southeastern Minnesota


ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Southeastern Minnesota is off to a rough start for January, as more blizzard-like weather bombarded our area Sunday.

It has many concerned about driving conditions even if their drive is only minutes away.

Earlier Sunday, Highway 63 near Rochester International Airport was blasted with white. Massive walls of blowing snow and nearly 60 mph winds blasted the roadway--leaving drivers with extremely limited visibility.

"Not being able to even see the headlights in front of you, and the roads are very, very slippery like going 45 miles an hour," says Quinn Comstock of Wanamingo.

"It's a fun drive. You have drifts out there that when you hit them, you can't see anything," says Ben Schoes, also driving Sunday night.

Officials have responded to dozens of accidents throughout the region including multi-vehicle crashes out by Dodge Center.

MnDOT is advising drivers to avoid any unnecessary travel in southeastern Minnesota Sunday.

Crews totaling 101 plow trucks are out tending the roads Sunday night.

"If you see a snow plow just stay way back because they're trying to make your road safer for you to go by so just give them lots of room," says Mike Dougherty, head of MnDOT Public Affairs in Rochester.  "They're having some visibility issues out there occasionally, so they're going slower to make sure they get those drifts pushed back."

Visibility has gotten so severe in some areas, that Iowa officials have called all plows off the roads everywhere east of Waterloo.

Minnesota officials have also closed down I-90 west of Albert Lea in both directions due to treacherous conditions.

Much of Southeastern Minnesota will continue to be under a blizzard warning into Monday morning as residents prepare for yet another Arctic Blast.

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