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Dec. 9, 2023

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High winds and blowing snow expected to impact travel in northwest Minnesota

MnDOT warns motorists of difficult travel conditions

BEMIDJI, Minn. (7:30 a.m.) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns motorists in northwest Minnesota the winter weather will significantly reduce visibility and can make travel difficult today.

Strong winds, blowing and drifting snow, and whiteout conditions are likely, making travel difficult or impossible. Motorists are advised to use caution.

Motorists should prepare for changing weather and monitor road conditions at 511mn.org . Drivers should plan accordingly with an emergency supply kit and clothing for extreme cold.

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
  • 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.

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