Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 20, 2019

Heavy snow creates hazardous driving conditions in Central Minnesota

ST CLOUD, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns motorists that heavy snow is causing significantly reduced visibility, areas with whiteout conditions and poor winter driving in south central Minnesota. A band of extremely heavy snow is currently moving through all or portions of Wright, Stearns, Todd, southern Morrison, Benton, Sherburne and Mille Lacs counties.

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

  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
  • Stay back from any snow cloud, and at least 10 car lengths behind a plow.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • 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.
  • Check road conditions at 511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.

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

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