MEDFORD, Minn. (FOX 9) - MnDOT closed Interstate 35 in southern Minnesota from Faribault to Medford Wednesday afternoon after numerous crashes were reported due to whiteout conditions.
The interstate reopened around 7:30 p.m. after the roadway was cleared.
Whiteout conditions along the interstate caused at least a dozen crashes in the five-mile stretch, prompting the afternoon closure. Just north of Faribault and south of Owatonna, MnDOT reported jackknifed semis and spin outs as well.
An alternate route is set up for those traveling in the area.
MnDOT cameras in the area showed bumper-to-bumper traffic northbound and southbound on the interstate.
Wednesday evening, the Minnesota State Patrol said 244 crashes occurred on Minnesota roads, including 34 with injury. Additionally, 212 vehicles spun out or off the road and 18 semis jackknifed Wednesday as well.
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