Hazardous weather causing dismissals, crash

Published 12:58 pm Friday, January 7, 2011

Schools dismissed early and one vehicle crash was reported as blowing snow was causing slick roadways and limited visibility Friday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Freeborn County at 10 a.m. Friday.

Light snow was expected to change into flurries after 2 p.m. Wind speeds of up to 25 mph with gusts as high as 37 mph were causing limited visibility in open areas.

The Albert Lea Medical Center responded to a one-vehicle crash at I-35 south about a mile north of exit 11 Friday morning. The vehicle was a white Ford United Rentals pickup with Black Hawk, Iowa, license plates. Allen's Tow-N-Travel towed the truck from the scene. It was unknown at press time the cause of the crash or if any injuries were reported. -- Michelle Haacke

Slick roads were likely the cause of a one-vehicle crash reported at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The Albert Lea Medical Center responded to the crash, which occurred along I-35 south about a mile north of exit 11. The vehicle was a white Ford United Rentals pickup with Black Hawk, Iowa, license plates. Allen’s Tow-N-Travel towed the truck from the scene. It was unknown at press time the cause of the crash or if any injuries were reported.

Several schools were dismissed early Friday because of road conditions. Blue Earth Area Schools closed at noon, United South Central Schools in Wells closed at 1 p.m. and Alden-Conger Schools closed at 1:30 p.m.

At 1 p.m., visibilities around parts of the county were reported at about 30 feet. The temperature outside at the Albert Lea airport was 16 degrees but wind speeds of 16 mph with gusts of 25 mph made it feel like 1 degree.

Winds between 23 and 25 mph with gusts as high as 37 mph were expected before the end of the day.

The snow was expected to move out sometime Friday night, but cold temperatures remained in the forecast with a high Saturday near 6 degrees but wind chills making it feel like between -10 and -20.

Blue Earth, Waseca, Steele and Faribault counties were also in the advisory. The advisory was expected to last through Friday night.