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Jan. 14, 2021

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Storm expected to severely impact travel in southwestern Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. — (8:30 a.m.) Motorists are advised that the forecast storm will likely result in road closures or “No Travel Advised” later today as the winter storm moves into in southwestern and possibly south central Minnesota, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

Motorists should prepare for changing weather conditions and monitor road conditions at 511mn.org. Potential impacts include reduced to zero visibility and slippery roads from snow compaction as the warm temperatures dramatically drop and freeze the precipitation to the road.  Motorists should also have a full tank of gas and winter survival kit if they must travel in these conditions.

MnDOT emphasizes that motorists attempting to travel on a closed road that require rescuing are liable for all related rescue costs.

Motorists can also prepare for winter weather driving by following these steps:

  1. Check road conditions before your trip. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org.
  2. Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  3. Make sure your gas tank is full.
  4. Be patient behind the wheel and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions.
  5. Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind a plow, far from the snow cloud.
  6. Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Anticipate that plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.
  7. Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
  8. Remember to turn your headlights on!

Visit MnDOT's website for additional tips on safe winter driving.