Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

February 2, 2016

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MnDOT advising motorists to plan for changing weather conditions

WILLMAR, Minn.— The Minnesota Department of Transportation in southwest/west central Minnesota is asking motorists to make plans to be safe if the forecasted weather and potential blizzard holds true for Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for southwest MN and a winter weather advisory for west central MN (www.weather.gov).  With the forecasted dangerous winds and snow, visibility will be dramatically reduced, if not reduced to zero.

Safety is MnDOT’s number one priority.  Snowplow drivers and motorists have to work together to make travel safer and avoid crashes during winter weather events.

If you must travel, 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 five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

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

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