Blizzard warning issued in NW Minnesota, MnDOT reminds drivers to use caution
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Strong winds and blowing snow are forecasted for northwest Minnesota beginning Wednesday evening. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists of the importance of good winter driving habits.
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for portions of Kittson, Marshall, Norman and Polk Counties in northwest Minnesota and a Winter Weather Advisory for Roseau, Pennington and Red Lake counties.
According to the National Weather Service, areas in the warning have the highest chance of whiteout conditions due to blowing snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph. MnDOT snowplow crews are on alert and prepared for the potential of blowing snow and ice.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at 511mn.org
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.