The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel today, Feb. 7, in most Central Minnesota counties due to low visibility, slippery roads and a large number of crashes. The advisory includes Stearns, Todd, Morrison, Wright, Benton, Sherburne, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Wadena counties and surrounding areas.

“We’re seeing dozens of cars in the ditch or involved in crashes this morning and early afternoon, including one crash where a snowplow was rear-ended near Pease,” said Domingo Aguilar, maintenance operations superintendent. “We’re asking those who can delay travel to do so, and those who must travel to simply slow down, and work together to ensure emergency workers and everyone on the road get to their destination safely.”

Most roads in Central Minnesota are covered with snow and compacted snow, with areas of ice. High rates of snowfall and low visibility are expected to continue through this afternoon, with low visibility, blowing and drifting snow continuing into Friday morning.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.