Blizzard conditions to impact travel in south central Minnesota Saturday and Sunday
MnDOT warns motorists of difficult travel conditions
MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) warns motorists in south west and south central Minnesota that forecasted freezing drizzle Saturday morning, followed by heavy snow and strong winds Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon will significantly reduce visibility and make travel difficult.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for all of southcentral Minnesota Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. Strong winds and whiteout conditions are likely, especially in open areas. The NWS reports that blizzard conditions exist when the combination of strong wind, low visibility and heavy snowfall significantly impact daily life. The forecast can change throughout the day and that conditions can improve or worsen.
MnDOT advises motorists to check road conditions before traveling. 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.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at 511mn.org
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.