Winter storm expected to impact travel in southern Minnesota
MANKATO, Minn. – Slippery and then reduced visibility may be the biggest challenges for motorists in south central Minnesota, according Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) staff that are monitoring and preparing for the mixed precipitation forecasted for this weekend.
Motorists should prepare for changing weather conditions. Potential impacts include freezing rain and icing into Saturday, with precipitation turning to snow. Reduced visibility from accumulated and blowing snow is possible from late Saturday morning into Sunday afternoon. Strong north winds could worsen road conditions.
The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website. Note that not all plows have cameras. Road conditions on major highways are available through fixed cameras at 91 locations across the state that show live rotating photos. While the fixed cameras show a small area of the road, the plow cameras show real-time road conditions as snowplows plow their routes.
While MnDOT staff prepare for snow and ice control, motorists can also prepare for winter weather driving by following these steps:
- Check road conditions before your trip. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.
- Allow extra time to get to your destination.
- Be patient behind the wheel and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind a plow, far from the snow cloud.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Anticipate that plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- No texting, emailing, or internet while driving – it’s the law.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.