Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Nov. 17, 2016

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Snow, blowing snow may create difficult driving conditions

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— (1 p.m.)  The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists in west central Minnesota to monitor the latest weather conditions and prepare to adjust their travel plans, if necessary.

Snow and strong winds are expected in the region which could significantly reduce visibility, creating difficult or even hazardous driving conditions through Friday.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

MnDOT snow plow operators will be out doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

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


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