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Heavy snow makes for hazardous driving conditions in Douglas County

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.-- (3:15 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use extreme caution in west central Minnesota due to heavy snow and reduced visibility.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.-- (3:15 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use extreme caution in west central Minnesota due to heavy snow and reduced visibility.

Visibility is currently reduced in Wilkin, Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Traverse, Stevens, Pope, Big Stone and Swift counties. Motorists should watch for scattered slippery areas and compacted snow on roadways. Visibility and road conditions will continue to deteriorate after dark as the system passes through the area.

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 will continue to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

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

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--Be patient - Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

--Stay back - 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.

--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.

--Slow down - Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

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 .

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