The State Patrol is reminding everyone to continue using extra caution on area roadways as many remain in tough shape. Lieutenant Colonel Matt Langer says with forecasted cold temperatures and current ice conditions, they expect a lot of problems for the next several days. Langer says the message is to think twice before driving and be extra careful, and if you don’t need to travel this weekend, stay home and allow crews plenty of room to clear the roads. You can check the latest road conditions by clicking HERE.
Preliminary numbers from the state Public Safety Department show that a total of 252 people spent Thursday night in shelters. Many parts of the state received 8 to 14 inches of heavy snow, which closed several roadways and left thousands without power. A total of 134 residents were housed at five shelters in Renville County including the Olivia National Guard Armory. The Business Arts and Recreation Center in Windom sheltered 71 people and 20 stayed at the Lake Crystal Seasons Community facility. Several were stranded at Dave’s Place in Lafayette as well, where the Lafayette Fire Department supplied cots for the night.