Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Dec. 26, 2018

Rain, snow, wind and falling temperatures expected soon; MnDOT is ready

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Department of Transportation staff in Northeastern Minnesota are ready for the winter storm predicted to begin this evening.

“This storm is likely to present some very difficult driving conditions,” said Chris Cheney, MnDOT D1 Maintenance superintendent. “We are expecting snow, rain and freezing mixed precipitation in the southern part of our district [Pine County] and this is likely to cause slippery conditions and snow compaction. Driving in areas farther north will be challenging too, because we expect very heavy snowfall, windy conditions and blowing snow.”

MnDOT plows will be out plowing around the clock until the storm is over and all cleanup work is completed.

MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

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