Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 10, 2018

Wintry mix expected to impact northern Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Department of Transportation staff are preparing for mixed precipitation forecasted for northern Minnesota late Wednesday into Thursday.

Motorists should prepare for changing weather conditions. Impacts include snow/blowing snow and below freezing temperatures which may worsen road conditions for the Thursday morning commute. 

MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at 511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five, and preferably 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.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.