Gov. Walz authorizes Minnesota National Guard for Winter storm

Governor Tim Walz has declared a peacetime emergency, authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to provide emergency relief services to stranded motorists in Clay County. Heavy snowfall and strong winds created blizzard conditions across western and northwestern Minnesota.

“I am grateful to the members of the Minnesota National Guard for answering the call and providing immediate assistance to Minnesotans in need,” said Governor Walz. “The state stands ready to provide support, so that everyone can weather this winter storm and return safely to their homes.”

Heavy snow and strong winds causing blizzard conditions have stranded motorists in Clay County. Interstate 94 between Fergus Falls and Moorhead and other state highways near Crookston have closed due to whiteout conditions. Executive Order 23-01 is effective immediately. Activated last night, the Minnesota National Guard will continue to provide assistance to stranded motorists.