Strong winds blow semi-trucks over on Minnesota highway

Strong winds over 45 mph will continue into mid-week as a major storm pushes east

At least nine tractor-trailers were blown over on a Minnesota interstate Tuesday because of sustained high winds.

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A Spring storm is bringing heavy snow and high winds across the Plains. According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, it is expected to become a "potentially historic blizzard."

The Minnesota Department of Transportation tweeted a photo showing about nine tractor-trailers were blown over on Interstate-35 around 3:35 p.m. The northbound side of the interstate near Faribault was closed while crews moved the trucks off the road.

According to troopers with the Minnesota State Patrol, no one was injured during the incident.


The highest wind gusts recorded at the Faribault Municipal Airport Tuesday were around 45 mph, according to the NWS.

Blizzard-like conditions were moving from the West into the High Plains Tuesday, bringing sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Meanwhile, thunderstorms bringing hail and the possibility of tornadoes pushed into the Twin Cities area early Tuesday afternoon. 

The National Weather Service has issued Wind Advisories across the Northern Plains until later this week.

The NWS Office in Duluth, Minnesota said gusts up to 45 mph are expected across Minnesota through Wednesday morning.

In North Dakota, High Wind Warnings are in effect for the state's northeast region along the Minnesota state border. The warning is in effect until 1 a.m. Friday as forecasters are predicting westerly winds between 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.