Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 10, 2018

Blowing snow overnight could create hazardous driving conditions

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) advises motorists to plan ahead as blowing snow in south west and south central Minnesota overnight may reduce visibility and make driving difficult tomorrow. Motorists should also be aware of forecasted sleet and snow accumulation that could also impact road conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of south central Minnesota, noting that winds in the area could gust to 40 mph. This will result in areas of blowing snow with some brief instances of whiteout conditions.

Temperatures are forecasted to significantly drop through the remainder of the week and may also impact travels.

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

  • Check road conditions at 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 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.