Southeast Minnesota driving conditions expected to worsen Saturday night into Sunday
ROCHESTER, Minn. (3:30 p.m.) Motorists in southeast Minnesota are cautioned that driving conditions on state highways are likely to deteriorate and become challenging with steady snow and blizzard-like conditions on Saturday evening and into Sunday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Motorists should consider changing their travel plans Saturday night and into Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for many counties in southeast Minnesota. The weather service says the combination of heavy snow and wind gusts to 50 mph could make it deadly if precautions aren’t taken. Heavy snow and winds will result in severe impacts to travel for many motorists tonight into Sunday.
MnDOT snowplow operators will be on the roads but snowfall rates, at times, will far outpace the work of the plows. High winds, especially in unsheltered areas, will result in whiteout conditions and have the potential for heavy drifting.
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
To learn more about road conditions, highway construction and other southeast Minnesota MnDOT news, join the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.