I-94 from Moorhead to Osakis reopens at 7 a.m.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol is reopening Interstate 94 from Osakis to Moorhead at 7 a.m. Friday.
The stretch was under a no-travel advisory for much of Thursday afternoon, and due to several crashes and deteriorating road conditions, it was closed at approximately 5:30 p.m. It remained closed throughout the evening and overnight.
Although visibility has improved throughout the region, MnDOT pointed out that roads are still completely snow and ice covered, and drivers are asked to reduce speeds and drive according to conditions.
Also reopening Friday morning was Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon.
MnDOT also had issued a no-travel advisory Thursday afternoon for state and federal highways in 12 counties, including Douglas, Grant and Otter Tail. At 7 a.m., those advisories will be lifted for those three counties, and Becker, Clay and Mahnomen counties, and three portions of Wilkin County: Highway 9 from Breckenridge to Barnesville; Highway 75 from Breckenridge to Moorhead; and Highway 210 from Fergus Falls to Wahpeton.
Federal and state highways in Pope and Stevens counties had been on the no-travel advisory list as well on Thursday, but that was lifted for those two counties and a couple of others Thursday evening.
Those driving Friday can check the latest conditions of roads at www.511mn.org or by calling 511. It takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions, MnDOT said. Drivers are encouraged to be patient and remain at least 10 car lengths behind snow plows,
With the snow adding to ice-covered roads, windy conditions and limited visibility in open areas during the day Thursday, several crashes and vehicles sliding into ditches were reported in the Douglas County area. They included:
* A semi jackknifed on the eastbound lane on Interstate 94 near Evansville, blocking traffic
* A vehicle in the ditch near Carlos
* A vehicle caught fire on I-94 near the Evansville exit shortly after 11 a.m.
* A rollover on I-94 about three miles west of Evansville at 11:40 a.m. injured the driver. Stephanie Marie Gordon, 29, of Battle Lake was driving a Ford pickup when it left the road, veered to the left shoulder and rolled. She was taken to Alomere Health with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. She was wearing a seat belt.