Blowing heavy snow, freezing rain moving into Minnesota late this afternoon, evening
Conditions expected to change rapidly
DULUTH, Minn. — (2 p.m.) A very large weather system is moving into Northern Minnesota that is expected to create difficult driving conditions for motorists. The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises that motorists watch the weather carefully as road conditions may deteriorate quickly. Rain has been falling in many places today and any moisture on the highways will freeze rapidly. Freezing rain will be followed by wind-driven heavy snow in near blizzard conditions.
MnDOT is staffed and already plowing in some areas.
MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:
- Don’t travel unless necessary.
- Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
- Remember that it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions after storms such as this.