---- — Highway 60 at Lake Crystal and other roads in and around Mankato have been closed due to low visibility and blowing snow.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the road at about 8 p.m. Thursday, about an hour after Mankato announced it was closing a handful of its steepest roads.
Around the region, many schools let students out early, although as of 9 p.m. hadn't made decisions about Friday's classes.
The Minnesota State Patrol's Mankato District reported 16 vehicles had gone off the roadway by Thursday afternoon, at least an hour before the evening commute started. There also was one property damage crash on area highways.
Mankato police also dealt with at least one crash in town on Glenwood Avenue. Forecasters were predicting the snowfall to increase into the evening. North Mankato police also were called to a T-bone crash on Center Street and Belgrade Avenue.
A snow emergency went into effect at 8 p.m. Thursday in Mankato. When a snow emergency is declared, there is no parking on streets. The only exception is where streets are posted "seasonal no parking." The snow emergency expires at 8 a.m. Friday.