Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 11, 2019

No travel advised in north central Minnesota

Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions

BEMIDJI, Minn. — (6:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel on highways in north central Minnesota.

The no travel advisory is for the following locations:

  • Hwy 2- Bagley to Deer River
  • Hwy 64- Hwy 200 to south of Akeley
  • Hwy 71- Bemidji to Menahga
  • Hwy 371- Cass Lake to Hackensack

No Travel Advised means that the roadway has deteriorated and/or visibility has been reduced to the point that it is very dangerous to travel; there are reports of intermittent white out conditions; and, some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments, such as salt or sand, are not effective.

Motorists are advised not to travel in these areas until conditions improve.

Driving conditions remain hazardous in other areas of central Minnesota. A combination of high sustained wind speeds, wind gusts and ice covered or compacted roads in Stearns, Wright, Benton, Sherburne and Mille Lacs counties and bordering areas are contributing to difficult driving and crashes.

With the combination of high sustained wind speeds, wind gusts and ice covered or compacted roads, driving conditions are hazardous throughout west central Minnesota leading to several crashes and spin outs.

Motorists, and especially those operating large commercial vehicles without a load, should avoid all unnecessary travel.

MnDOT snow plows operate between 20 and 30 miles per hour during a snow storm. Motorists who choose to
travel must reduce their speed, watch for snow plows and be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

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