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More winter weather expected this weekend
MnDOT crews are ready to tackle expected rain/snow mix
ST. PAUL, Minn. — With most of Minnesota still recovering from last weekend’s significant snowstorm, more winter weather is predicted to hit parts of the state this weekend.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation asks motorists to help keep roads safe by employing safe winter driving habits – giving plows plenty of room and driving according to road conditions.
For the Twin Cities metro area, the National Weather Service is predicting freezing rain and snow that will change to snow between Friday night and late Saturday. MnDOT anticipates from two to four inches of snow in the Twin Cities (lowest accumulation in the south metro/highest in the north metro); however, these amounts could change should the storm track or temperature profiles change.
Regardless, MnDOT crews are ready to take on whatever Mother Nature has in store for the state.
Last weekend’s storm saw from 10 inches to 16 inches of snow accumulate in the Twin Cities metro area in a 24-hour period. MnDOT deployed close to 200 plows to in the metro area, and more than 700 plows were deployed at various times statewide.
A number of challenges combined to cause frustrations for motorists in the Twin Cities area this past week, including:
- Rate of snow accumulation
- Ground temperature when the storm began
- Traffic compacting snow on the roadways
- Rapid temperature drop Sunday night causing salt brine to be less effective
“The warm ground temperature when snow began falling, combined with the rapid accumulation of snow, the high volume of traffic on the road and the sharp drop in temperatures Sunday night, created a perfect storm for snow to adhere to the roadways and make salt solutions marginally effective,” said Bernie Arseneau, MnDOT acting commissioner. “We are proud of our crews who have worked around the clock to get roads back to good winter driving conditions.”
For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org..