The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in southeastern Minnesota because of hazardous driving conditions with blowing snow and reduced visibility.

The advisory is for Rice, Steele, Dodge, Mower, Freeborn, Goodhue, Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Winona and Wabasha counties.

A number of roads in the region, including Highway 63 from the Iowa border to the intersection with Highway 16 and Highway 16 from the intersection with 63 to I-90, have been downgraded to hazardous driving conditions. It's possible more will be downgraded to hazardous as winds and drifting continue at sunset. More reports are being received on vehicle crashes and a MnDOT snowplow was involved in a crash with a vehicle on Highway 63 north of Rochester this afternoon.

MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

• Check road conditions at or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.

• Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

• Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.

• Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.

• Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to