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Forecasted winter storm likely to cause hazardous driving conditions in central Minnesota
BAXTER, Minn.— (8 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use extreme caution in central Minnesota as a storm system moves through the region tonight and Wednesday. Road conditions can change quickly and will deteriorate through tonight and tomorrow morning.
As the system develops, motorists can expect reduced visibility due to heavy and blowing snow and slippery roads due to high winds and compacted snow.
No closures of interstate highways or other roads are anticipated at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane closures where crashes occur.
MnDOT snow plow operators will be out in force and will continue to make highways safe throughout region. Motorists should remember to:
- Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
- Plan ahead before you set out on your trip.
- 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. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions and give yourself plenty of travel time. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
- Buckle up and ensure children are properly secured in the correct child restraint.
- Avoid unnecessary travel if road conditions are hazardous.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov.
For updated information on Minnesota road conditions, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.