Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 17, 2020

MnDOT lifts no travel advisories in west central Minnesota

Motorists urged to travel with caution as blowing snow continues

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – (8:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted the no travel advisories on all state and federal highways in west central Minnesota. Visibility is improving as wind speeds diminish; however, motorists should use caution as blowing and drifting snow may make travel difficult, especially in open areas without wind breaks.  

Important: even if state and federal highways are passable, travel may still be difficult on county, township and municipal roads. Check with local agencies for their road conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the western edge of Minnesota. Be prepared for extremely difficult travel conditions. Total snowfall predictions vary, but forecasted wind gusts of 50 miles per hour, in some areas, could lead to dangerous travel conditions.

MnDOT snowplow crews are prepared for overnight snow tonight, which is forecasted to taper off by Saturday evening. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and be weary of blizzard-like conditions. The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website.

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

  • Call 511 or visit 511mn.org before leaving on your trip to get current road conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
  • Turn off your cruise control.
  • Slow down; allow at least 10 car lengths between your vehicle and a plow.
  • Stay behind the snowplow. The road behind a snowplow is safer to drive on.
  • Watch for snowplows that turn or exit frequently, and often with little warning.
  • Never drive into a snow cloud.

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.