Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 29, 2019

Drivers reminded to take extra precautions during dangerous cold, blowing snow

MANKATO, Minn. – As near record breaking cold takes hold of southcentral Minnesota, motorists are reminded to take extra precautions to avoid potentially life threatening situations, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Subzero temperatures and strong winds will create dangerous wind chills, snow drifts, reduced visibility and continued icy patches overnight.

Snowplow drivers in the Mankato and Windom areas have been out pushing back drifts and attending to icy patches since early this morning.  Some of these drifts return shortly after the trucks make a pass.  Plow drivers will work into the early evening and then report back to work early in the morning.  With the extreme cold temps expected tomorrow, plows will only be sent out as needed as equipment failures are likely to be a serious safety problem for the drivers.

Any motorist that needs to travel should continue to use slower speeds, keep their headlights on and watch for snowplows, giving them at least 10 car lengths distance. Check MnDOT’s tips at mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

If your travel isn’t necessary during the extreme cold periods, it’s advisable to stay home, if you are able. If you are driving, be sure to check car batteries, fuel levels and MnDOT road conditions at 511mn.org before traveling.

For additional tips on additional items to put in your winter survival kit, go to see the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management's winter survival brochure. Current weather conditions and warnings can also be monitored at weather.gov.