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News Release
Feb. 16, 2009

Workzone at night

Mixture of winter weather makes for treacherous driving conditions

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 storm’s 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 practices.

Motorists should:

  • Plan ahead regarding travel time - Don’t put your schedule before safety
  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights, and directional signals
  • Drive slowly - Lower speeds help drivers avoid crashes and minimize those that occur
  • Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles - Leave extra room between your vehicle and snow plows or other removal equipment
  • Turn on headlights when it is snowing or sleeting

For updated information, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.


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