Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Dec. 5, 2017

Blowing snow creates hazardous driving conditions

No travel advised in northwestern Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. – (10 p.m.)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation enacted a no travel advisory at 6:30 p.m. in the following counties due to slippery conditions with high winds, blowing snow and reduced visibility.
Roads across the rest of northwestern Minnesota are completely covered with snow and ice, and motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur. High winds are forecasted throughout the morning which will further reduce visibility.
MnDOT snowplow operators are 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.