Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Nov. 18, 2016

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MnDOT urges motorists to use caution when driving

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to slow down and drive cautiously due to low visibility, high winds, snow and slush covered roads and scattered slippery spots.

According to the National Weather Service District 8 (southwest MN) is in a blizzard warning for Friday, November 18.  MnDOT will continue to evaluate road conditions.

Safety is MnDOT’s number on priority.  Snowplow drivers and motorists have to work together to make travel safe and avoid crashes during winter weather events and icy conditions.

Motorists should remember to:

  • Slow down and drive for the conditions
  • Drive with headlights on regardless of if it’s day or night
  • Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit
  • Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road and attention on your driving
  • Give the snowplows plenty of room to work

MnDOT’s 511 system has added 92 real-time road condition cameras.  These camera locations are in addition to the more than 800 traffic cameras already displayed on MnDOT’s 511 system.  The Road Weather Information Stations or RWIS are located along state roads and interstates. 

The stations are used by MnDOT’s maintenance crews but now the public can also take advantage of the live rotating camera shots.  Various weather data is also available with the photos. For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.

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