Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 15, 2018

No travel advisory lifted for northwest Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. — (11:00 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted a no travel advisory for northwestern Minnesota. It was in effect for portions of Kittson, Marshall, Norman and Polk counties.

Driving conditions in the Red River Valley are still difficult due to reduced visibility from blowing snow. Motorists should use caution when traveling, especially in open areas with no wind breaks.

A Winter Weather Advisory from The National Weather Service is in effect until 12 p.m., winds are forecasted to settle down by late afternoon.

After a storm motorists should:

  • Check road conditions at www.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 their 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 in 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 www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.