WEATHER UPDATE: Heavy snow, high winds causing hazardous driving conditionsThe Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use extreme caution in west central Minnesota through tonight, due to blowing and heavy snow causing reduced visibility and slippery roads.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—(12:45 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use extreme caution in west central Minnesota through tonight, due to blowing and heavy snow causing reduced visibility and slippery roads.
Visibility is currently greatly reduced throughout the region and motorists should beware of near white-out conditions in open areas along highways, including Interstate 94 and Highway 10. Road conditions throughout the area continue to deteriorate and motorists should also watch for drifting snow and icy areas on roadways.
No closures of interstate highways or other roads are anticipated at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane closures where crashes occur.
Mn/DOT snow plow operators are out in force and are doing their part to make highways safe.
Motorists should remember to:
• Check the weather forecast – www.nws.noaa.gov and click the map for the forecast along your travel route.
• Check road conditions – Go to www.511mn.org or call 511.
• Drive slowly – Especially on bridges, overpasses and tunnels.
• Be patient – Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
• Stay back – At least five car lengths behind the plow, and a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.
• Stay alert – Snowplows turn or exit frequently and often with little warning; they may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
• Headlights on – Increase your visibility to other motorists.
• Buckle up – Make sure child restraints are secured correctly.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov.
For updated information on road conditions, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.