The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol have closed Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon and Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Osakis due to dangerous driving conditions. The roads will remain closed until conditions improve.

Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

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A no travel advisory also remains in effect for all state and federal highways for all 12 counties in west central Minnesota, including Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Mahnomen.

This includes Highway 10 from Moorhead to Wadena. Snowplows continue to operate, but motorists are advised not to travel in these areas until conditions improve.

With the combination of high sustained wind speeds, wind gusts and ice covered or compacted roads, driving conditions are becoming hazardous throughout west central Minnesota leading to crashes and spin outs. Motorists should avoid all unnecessary travel.

MnDOT snow plows are out and operate between 20 and 30 miles per hour during a snow storm. Motorists who choose to travel must reduce their speed, watch for snow plows and be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.