Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 29, 2019

Drivers reminded to take extra precautions during dangerously cold temps and blowing snow

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – As a near record-breaking cold takes hold of west central Minnesota, motorists are reminded to take extra precautions to avoid potentially life-threatening situations, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Subzero temperatures and strong winds will create dangerous wind chills, snow drifts, reduced visibility and continued icy patches overnight.

According to the National Weather Service, extremely cold temperatures are expected through Thursday. Be aware that weather conditions can change rapidly. Check MnDOT road conditions at 511mn.org before traveling.

Snowplow operators throughout west central Minnesota have been out pushing back drifts and attending to icy patches since early this morning. Some of these drifts return shortly after the trucks make a pass. 

If your travel isn’t necessary during the extremely cold periods, consider staying home. If you are driving, be sure to check car batteries and fuel levels before traveling. Use slower speeds, keep headlights on and eliminate distractions.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

For information on items to put in a winter survival kit, go to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management's winter survival brochure.