Difficult travel expected in southeast Minnesota on Saturday
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists in southeast Minnesota may experience difficult driving conditions beginning Saturday afternoon as heavy snow and mixed precipitation is expected, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
A Winter Storm Watch in southeast Minnesota includes Freeborn, Steele, Rice, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Goodhue and Wabasha counties.
The National Weather Service forecasts that precipitation will begin Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday. Snow accumulations of 3 to 10 inches are expected and ice accumulations of a light glaze are possible, according to the National Weather Service.
Motorists are reminded to drive with caution, be prepared for changing weather conditions and encouraged to consult weather and road information before traveling on Saturday. MnDOT’s road conditions map is atwww.511mn.org.
Minnesota Department of Transportation staff continue to clean up recent snow and clear roadways. In southeast Minnesota there are 102 snowplows that work the state highways in the 11-county MnDOT District 6 plowing 3,774 lane miles.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do 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.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.