- Karen Bedeau
MnDOT District 2
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN, 56601
Winter storm mix expected to make for hazardous driving conditions
BEMIDJI, Minn.— (10:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation – Northwest District advises drivers to be extremely careful as a mix of winter weather is on its way into the area which is expected to create hazardous driving conditions beginning tonight and expected to last through Saturday.
This weather mix includes freezing rain with snow and blustery winds which will create slippery roads and limited visibility in some areas.
MnDOT is asking motorists to keep safety in mind at all times and encourages drivers to:
- Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; plan ahead regarding travel time and don’t put your schedule before safety.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Keep a safe stopping distance from all other vehicles.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
- Headlights on and cruise control off
- Pay attention to your driving with both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.
For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.