Blizzard shuts down travel

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Jan 27, 2014 at 6:01 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Blizzard conditions over the weekend have left roads and highways a mess across Minnesota, and prompted many school districts to call off classes today.

Sustained northwest winds over 30 miles per hour caused heavy blowing and drifting on Sunday, making many roads impassable.

St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson was advising people to stay off streets and travel only if necessary. In Stearns County, Sheriff John Sanner issued a no travel advisory due to deep snow drifts and whiteout conditions. State highways 15 and 4 and U.S. Highway 71 were closed in the county due to snow drifts five to six feet deep.

And schools in the St. Cloud area--including colleges--are shut down today due to weather and road conditions. For some districts, it's the fourth day of school they've lost to weather in the month of January. 

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