BRAINERD, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises
motorists to drive with caution due to a mixture of heavy snow
and bitterly cold winter weather predicted for today and Friday
in west central and central Minnesota.
Motorists may encounter snow, possibly heavy at times, and strong
northerly winds that will likely lead to blowing snow and reduced
visibility. Falling snow combined with blowing snow will dramatically
reduce visibility. Therefore MnDOT recommends no unnecessary travel.
Drivers should also be careful when meeting or passing another
vehicle on the roadway during this storm.
MnDOT will closely monitor the storms path as the day
progresses and treat roadways accordingly. With temps hovering
near zero roadway chemicals lose their effectiveness and may not
be used. Dangerous wind chills are predicted for this afternoon
and through the morning hours on Friday.
At this point, no interstate highways or other road closures
are anticipated at this time.
MnDOT would like to remind motorists to follow safe winter driving