Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 10, 2018

Winter Storm Warning is reminder for motorists to slow down, give snowplows room

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists in southeast Minnesota are likely to find  a slow, snowy trip to work and school on Thursday morning as the weather progresses from rain overnight to a wintery mix and snow falling during the morning commute.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down, give snowplows at least a 10 vehicle lengths following distance and be an attentive driver.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of southeast Minnesota for snow and blowing snow, which means severe winter weather conditions are expected.

More than 100 MnDOT snowplows will be on state highways in southeast Minnesota early Thursday morning as the snow begins, clearing roads and applying road salt in the 11-county southeastern Minnesota district.

MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. 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.