Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 13, 2018

Difficult travel expected in southwest and south central Minnesota Friday night, Saturday

MANKATO, Minn. — (10:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation anticipates travel will be extremely difficult Friday night through Saturday, as falling snow and high winds are forecasted to create blizzard conditions.

MnDOT anticipates advising no travel overnight through Saturday for the following southwest Minnesota counties: Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Martin, Watonwan, Cottonwood and Brown. There is also a strong potential for road closures heading into Saturday based on the forecasted conditions.

The National Weather Service forecast includes a Blizzard Warning and Winter Storm Warning in effect for Friday evening into Saturday evening for southwest and south central Minnesota. Southern Minnesota could see icing from freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The public can view winter road conditions from real-time plow cameras available through the www.511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras.

In southcentral Minnesota there are 83 snowplows that work to state highways in the 13-county MnDOT District 7. In southcentral Minnesota, MnDOT plows 3,325 lane miles. An average route for drivers is 34 miles. MnDOT snowplow operators 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 www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.