Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 29, 2019

Southeast Minnesota snowplows pulled in for five hours overnight, to resume at 4 a.m.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (10:30 p.m.) – Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows in the 11-county southeast Minnesota district are being pulled from the roads Tuesday night for approximately five hours to ensure that they continue operating effectively in the severe weather.

Some snowplows in the district were experiencing mechanical problems in the severe cold weather, so MnDOT decided to pull the trucks for a portion of the overnight and plans to resume plowing on state highways by 4 a.m., Wednesday.

Some highways on MnDOT’s road conditions maps, 511mn.org will be marked as “No Travel Advised” as a precautionary measure. Consult the map for updated road conditions.

Severe cold temperatures and strong winds swept into the region Tuesday. MnDOT plows have been on the roads in southeast Minnesota since Sunday afternoon. The severe cold was hampering the operation of some snowplows, which could put drivers in danger during the nighttime hours.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.