Governor Tim Walz has declared a state of emergency for Steele and Freeborn counties till further notice. The National Guard has been deployed in an effort to aid stranded motorists. The Armories in both Owatonna and Albert Lea have been opened.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid traveling today as the blizzard warning continues till 6pm Sunday evening.

Numerous roads are closed in Southern Minnesota as well including Interstate 35 which is shut down from Exit 56 which is Highway 60 near Faribault to just south of the Iowa border.