WILLMAR, Minn. - (11:30 a.m.) The Willmar office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no unnecessary travel in the 12 counties of southwestern Minnesota.
Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine: Difficult driving conditions, reduced visibility, scattered slippery segments, heavy snow with gusty winds.
McLeod, Meeker, Redwood and Renville Counties: Driving conditions are fair with reduced visibility, scattered slippery segments, heavy snow with gusty winds.
Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, and Pipestone Counties: Driving conditions are fair with scattered slippery segments, black ice, light snow, gusty winds, and reduced visibility.
Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day and evening with snow and high winds causing further reduced visibility.
If travel is necessary, Mn/DOT recommends the following for safe winter driving:
- Always use seat belts.
- Never drive into a snow cloud.
- Do not use cruise-control.
- Plan ahead regarding travel time - don't put your schedule before safety.
- Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
- Drive slowly - lower speeds help drivers avoid crashes and minimize those that occur.
- Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles - leave extra room between your vehicle and snow plows or other removal equipment. Snow plows travel much slower than the posted speed.
Anyone attempting to travel should check state-wide travel conditions by calling 511 or logging onto www.511mn.org . For more information on safe winter driving, go to www.winterweather.state.mn.us .
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