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Feb. 12, 2020

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No travel advisory and road closures lifted in northwest Minnesota

Motorists are urged to use caution due to blowing and drifting snow

BEMIDJI, Minn. — (2:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol have lifted the no travel advisories and road closures in northwest Minnesota. State highways were closed or under no travel advisories due to blizzard conditions earlier today.

Blizzard conditions are diminishing, but motorists should use caution when traveling, especially in open areas with no wind breaks.

After a storm motorists should:

  • 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 their 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 in 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.