MINNEAPOLIS – The authorities have saved dozens of people stranded by a blizzard that hailed across southern Minnesota and dumped a foot of snow in some places. In eastern Wisconsin, one person was killed and several others were injured in an interstate pileup during whiteout conditions on Sunday.
Minnesota National Guard rescued 30 people in Freeborn County on Saturday night, Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management said in a tweet. The Sheriff’s deputies saved another 20 people.
Forty-eight people were protected at a Guard Armory in Albert Lea, near the Minnesota-Iowa border, while the Owatonna army held 24 people stranded by the snowstorm.
.gov. Tim Walz explained an emergency late on Saturday and ordered the guard to help stranded drivers in Freeborn and Steele County. Conditions were so bad in southern Minnesota on Sunday that Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joe Kelly urged residents to either stay at home or on the beach, stay in their vehicles and wait for help.
Minnesota Department of Transportation said Interstate 35 is closed from Owatonna to the Iowa border and I-90 is closed from Dexter in Mower County West, due to poor driving conditions with blowing and driving snow. Many other roads in southeastern Minnesota were closed Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service reported 13 inches (33 centimeters) of snow in Kasson, 11.5 inches (29 centimeters) in Albert Lea and 11 inches (27.9 centimeters) in Ellendale. 19659005] In Wisconsin, one person was killed and several others were injured and taken to hospital on Sunday in a pileup at whiteout conditions in Southbound Interstate 41 involving more than 40 vehicles, said Winnebago County Sheriff Office and Department of Transportation.
North Dakota transport officials closed I-29 in both northern and southbound lanes from Grand Forks to the Canadian border on Sunday due to snow blowing, creating icy road conditions, areas with zero visibility and life-threatening driving conditions.