Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 23, 2017

MnDOT urges travelers in south central MN to plan for forecasted storm

WILLMAR, Minn. – Minnesota Department of Transportation staff are preparing for a winter storm on track to cause major travel impacts in the south central part of Minnesota. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for south central Minnesota from noon on Tuesday (1/24) through Wednesday (1/25) afternoon. The watch is south of a line from Redwood Falls to Red Wing.

Accumulating snow of 6 inches or more of heavy/wet snow is predicted.  Travel could be hazardous due to the wet snow.  Some blowing and drifting snow is possible following the storm on Wednesday.

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.

MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • Don’t use cruise control, drive for the conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights, don’t rely on automatic lights.
  • Drive slowly on bridges, overpasses and tunnels.
  • 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 them.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road, and stay alert.

Various weather data is also available with photos.  For updated statewide road conditions call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.

For additional updates follow us on Twitter @MnDOTsouthwest.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.