- Jessica Wiens
Public Affairs Coordinator
- Kristine Hernandez
TZD Coordinator/ Public Affairs Team Leader
Minnesota Department of
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901
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MnDOT, Public Safety encourage motorists to plan ahead, use their winter driving skills
Pre-Thanksgiving storm may create challenges for holiday travelers
ROCHESTER, Minn.— The Minnesota departments of Transportation and the Public Safety encourage motorists to use their winter driving skills for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, as winter storms move through the state beginning Wednesday and continuing through Thursday morning.
National Weather Service forecasts predict that rain, freezing rain, snow and winds will hit southeastern Minnesota late morning to early afternoon Wednesday and continue during drive-time, dark-time and holiday travel-time.
MnDOT crews spread anti-icing liquid on the roads overnight Tuesday to prevent frost formation. Plow drivers continue to check weather forecasts and road conditions. Crews are prepared to have all available trucks on the roads when needed.
Motorists should remember to:
- Check road conditions – Go to www.511mn.org<http://www.511mn.org> or call 511 before heading out.
- Plan ahead – Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a scraper/brush, small shovel, jumper cables, a bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction.
- Be patient – Allow more time to get to your destination. Drive at safe speeds. Remember snowplows and are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back – Leave 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.
- Buckle up, make sure child restraints are secured