Benson Schools closed today - Friday; icy conditions hamper travel
Icy roads forced Benson schools to close for the day, though with the warming temperatures, the conditions are slowly improving at midday.
A jacknifed semi by the overpass east of Kerkhoven is making traffic to be re-routed at this time (8 a.m.).
Highway 9 east of Benson is glare ice.
Roads between Benson and Maccray are also glare ice with travel under 20 miles per hour.
The state highway map "511" this morning is lit up with purple over most of the state - indicating difficult travel conditions.
Other school closings around the area include BBE (Belgrade/Brooten/Elrosa), Canby, Hancock, Lac Qui Parle, Minnewaska Area, Morris Area Schools (Morris and Cyrus) and St. Mary's School in Morris.
The official weather advisory:
...WINTRY MIX EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY MORNING... .A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH EARLY THIS MORNING. FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED... WHICH COULD BRIEFLY TRANSITION TO SNOW BEFORE ENDING MID MORNING. PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WILL BE LIGHT... BUT COULD QUICKLY GLAZE SURFACES AND MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT... GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM REDWOOD FALLS TO SAINT MICHAEL TO RICE LAKE. IF TRAVELING... EXERCISE CAUTION AND BE PREPARED TO ENCOUNTER SLICK SPOTS.