Heavy snow expected to create hazardous driving conditions in southcentral Minnesota
MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is preparing motorists for forecasted heavy snowfall rates Saturday followed by increasing winds overnight through Sunday. These weather conditions may limit visibility and will make travel difficult in southcentral Minnesota this weekend.
Snow is expected to start late Saturday morning and continue through early Saturday evening. It’s forecasted to taper overnight, when winds will pick up through Sunday morning. Snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches is likely, according to the National Weather Service.
Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time, but remind motorists to drive with caution and be prepared for changing weather Saturday and Sunday.
In south central Minnesota, there are 83 snowplows that work on state highways in the 13-county MnDOT District 7, plowing 3,325 lane miles. An average route for drivers is 34 miles. MnDOT snowplow operators are currently cleaning up roads from Thursday’s snowfall and will be out Saturday and Sunday, doing their part to make highways safe.
Motorists should remember to:
- Check road conditions at www.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 your trip.
- Stay back at least five, and preferably 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 into 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 www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.
For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.