ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A massive May snow storm has dumped over a foot of snow in parts of southeastern Minnesota, snarling travel and causing power outages throughout the region.
As of 6:10 a.m. Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation advised no unnecessary travel in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties, due to heavy snow and reduced visibility.
Also Thursday morning, the Freeborn County Sheriff's office recommended no travel in Albert Lea. Officials reported trees and power lines were down all around Freeborn County, with power outages spread across Albert Lea.
The Dodge County Sheriff's office also reported hazardous road conditions through Dodge County. As of 6:15 a.m., they recommended no travel throughout Dodge County until the plows can address the heavy snow.
MnDOT also reported Highway 52 northbound was closed at Goodhue County Road 7 due to a rollover.
Officials reported closures on I-35 between mile marker 5 and 10 near Albert Lea.
And Highway 14 between Claremont on Highway 56 was closed in both directions as well.
In Rochester, RPU reported between 8,000 and 9,000 residents were without power due to the storm.
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