Nasty winter weather is expected to hit southeast Minnesota Wednesday evening and officials are already warning that travel will be very difficult, dangerous, and could be impossible over the next several days. If you are traveling you can stay up to date with weather information and real-time road conditions on our app.

City of Rochester office-based services will shift to virtual methods Thursday, December 22 through Saturday, December 24. Find out what that means here, and read the latest cancellations and announcements below.

Here are the school closings, delays, and other weather-related cancellations and announcements across the Rochester and Southern Minnesota area for Wednesday, December 21st through Friday, December 23rd, 2022:

Wednesday, December 21st:

Blooming Prairie Schools: Closing at 1:00pm on Wednesday

Owatonna Schools: Dismissing 2-hours early on Wednesday

Rochester Public Schools:

  • SAC remains open this afternoon
  • Elementary afterschool academy canceled
  • Middle School afterschool canceled
  • Early childhood family education canceled
  • Rochester ALC Night school canceled, no supper meal service
  • No supper meals and John Marsal and John Adams
  • Community education after school and evening enrichment programs canceled
  • No evening activity bus routes
  • Activity busses leaving middle school at normal dismissal times running as scheduled
  • No High School Athletics or activities
  • Drumline Showcase will be rescheduled


Thursday, December 22nd:

Olmsted Medical Center: the following branches are closed Thursday and Friday

  • Cannon Falls Clinic
  • Chatfield Clinic
  • Pine Island Clinic
  • Plainview Clinic
  • Preston Clinic
  • Spring Valley Clinic
  • St. Charles Clinic
  • Stewartville Clinic

Byron and Lake City clinics will be open Thursday and Friday.  Rochester clinics and the hospital will remain open both days.

Channel One Food Bank in Rochester will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Austin Public Schools: Closed, Kids Korner also closed

Blooming Prairie Schools: Closed Thursday and Friday

Byron Public Schools: Closed

Dover-Eyota Schools: Closed Thursday and Friday

Kasson-Mantorville Schools: Closed Thursday and Friday

Fillmore Central Public Schools: Closed

Glenville-Emmons Schools: Closed

Goodhue Public Schools: Closed

Grand Meadow Schools: Closed

Hayfield Schools: Closed

Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools: Closed, no after-school activities

Kids Come 1st, Rochester: Open 8-4

Kingsland Public Schools: Closed

Lake City Public Schools: Flexible learning day Thursday

Lanesboro Schools: Closed

LeRoy Ostrander Public School: Closed

Lewiston-Altura Public Schools: Closed

Lyle Public Schools: Closed

MN State College SE-Red Wing: Closed Thursday and Friday

MN State College SE-Winona: Closed Thursday and Friday

NICC Calmar Campus: Closed

North Iowa Community Schools: Closed

Pine Island Public Schools: Closed

Plainview-Elgin-Millville Schools: Closed

Owatonna Public Schools: Closed

PossAbilities: Closed Thursday and Friday

Precious Pebbles Preschool, Rochester: Closed

Rochester Public Schools have canceled classes for Thursday, December 22nd.

All RPS buildings will be closed.

 RPS posted the update on social media Wednesday and explained: 
  • School Age Child Care (SACC) will be closed.
  • All PAIIR, Preschool Age Child Care (PACC), Preschool, and Community Education daytime and evening classes, for early childhood, youth, adults, and adults with exceptional abilities are canceled.
  • Hawthorne Education Center is closed.
  • All community building rentals are canceled.
  • All Professional Growth Academy classes are canceled.
  • All after school activities and athletics on Thursday are canceled.
  • All RPS buildings will be closed.
  • No supper meals will be provided.

Rochester Center for Autism: Closed

Rochester Community and Technical College: Closed

Riceville Schools:  Closed

Rushford-Peterson Public Schools: Closed

Semcac: Closed

Semcac Senior Services: congregate dining services and meals on wheels closed Thursday

Southland Public Schools: Closed

Spring Grove Schools: Closed

Stewartville Public Schools: Closed; all activities, events, and rentals are canceled through 12/25

St. Charles Public Schools: Closed, all activities canceled, SACC also closed

St. John's Lutheran School - Wykoff: Closed, including childcare

Triton Public Schools: Closed, Cobra care and all activities canceled Thursday and Friday

NICC Calmar Campus: Closed on Thursday

Winona State University - Rochester Campus: Closed on Thursday

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools: Closed Thursday

Hours for church services and local businesses could also change because of the storm. Please call ahead to make sure they are open before traveling.

This list will be updated as new information comes in. 

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The Kiwanis Holiday Light Display is located at Sibley Park in Mankato. The holiday display is free to the public but cash donations are accepted. All money collected is given to area non-profits.