This week's winter storm has triggered Minnesota Emergency Management officials to activate the State Emergency Operations Center. The move was made because of the damage in southwestern Minnesota, as well as the need to shelter residents who may be without electricity. More than 1,700 customers of Nobles Cooperative Electric are without power after freezing rains and wind pulled down transmission lines.
According to the Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety/Homeland Security Emergency Management Division, this is a partial activation. State officials will coordinate resource needs with several state agencies, including MnDOT, the Minn. Dept. of Health, and the Minn. National Guard.
The storm so far has shut down dozens of school districts in southwestern Minnesota and caused a number of roadways to be classified as "Difficult Driving" by MnDOT because of the ice. Snow is expected later Wednesday night and in to Thursday.