The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists in Dodge, Mower, Freeborn, Rice and Steele counties to slow down and be aware of changing road conditions.

Icy patches are forming in some open areas and blowing snow is reducing visibility, officials advised Thursday morning.

No interstate highways or other road closures are anticipated at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane closures due to vehicle crashes.

Mn/DOT snow plow operators are out in force treating the problem areas and will continue to do their part to keep highways safe. High winds and snow are forecast until this evening, and road conditions will most likely not improve until the winds subside.