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Thanksgiving travelers warned as storm moves in

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.--(12:10 p.m.) The Minnesota Departments of Transportation (MnDOT) and Public Safety encourage motorists to use their winter driving skills for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, as winter storms move through the state beginning Wednesday and continuing through Thursday.

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National Weather Service forecasts predict that light snow and wind will continue today and Thursday in west central Minnesota. High winds can cause blowing and drifting snow, which may reduce visibility and make travel difficult in some areas.

MnDOT snow plow operators are out in force and will continue to make highways safe throughout the holiday weekend.

Motorists should remember to:

--Check road conditions - Go to www.511mn.org or call 511 before heading out.

--Plan ahead - Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a scraper/brush, small shovel, jumper cables, a bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction.

--Be patient - Allow more time to get to your destination. Drive at safe speeds. Remember snowplows and are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

--Stay back - Leave at least 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.

--Buckle up, make sure child restraints are secured.

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