Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 24, 2017

Heavy snow tonight could create difficult driving conditions

MANKATO, Minn. – (11:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to plan ahead as heavy snow and moderate winds in south central and southwest Minnesota may reduce visibility and make driving difficult this evening. Moderate snow and increasing winds forecasted for Wednesday could prolong difficult driving conditions.

The greatest travel challenges will be along Interstate 90 where the heaviest snow bands are forecasted.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. 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.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

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

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