Winter storm warning issued in southeast Minnesota, MnDOT reminds drivers to use caution
ROCHESTER, Minn. (6:35 p.m.) – Significant snowfall and strong winds, followed by dangerously low temperatures into the week means motorists should use caution in driving in these conditions overnight Sunday and into Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
MnDOT is advising motorists to avoid unnecessary travel overnight Sunday, and to be certain their vehicles are winter-worthy and able to travel with heavy snow and the anticipated record-setting cold this week that includes dangerous wind chill levels.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and a Wind Chill Watch for southeast Minnesota. According to the National Weather Service, 5-10 inches of snow is expected to fall in the region, and in some places, at a rate of an inch an hour. Snow coverage will continue to increase from west to east this evening, the weather service said. Roads will become snow covered and slick with reduced visibility and drifting snow possible at times.
MnDOT in southeast Minnesota has 101 snowplows out in 11 counties and will work around the clock with crews in two 12-hour shifts.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at 511mn.org.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.