Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

January 1, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

MnDOT advising caution due to deteriorating weather conditions


WILLMAR, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive with caution in west central and southwest Minnesota due to deteriorating weather conditions and icy roads caused by blowing snow.

State Patrol is reporting numerous spin outs and crashes.

Conditions are not anticipated to improve anytime soon.  Temperatures will continue to fall throughout the day as winds pick up, creating blow ice and slippery conditions.

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

MnDOT urges motorists to slow down, drive for the conditions and use their headlights.

Safety is MnDOT’s number on priority.  Snowplow drivers and motorists have to work together to make travel safer and avoid crashes during winter weather events and icy conditions.

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 everyone.
  • Stay back at leave five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.  Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning.  They may also travel over the 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 updated statewide road conditions call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.



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