ST. CLOUD, Minn.— (8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in North Central Minnesota due to heavy snow and freezing rain.
Motorists will encounter icy roads and brief lane closures where crashes occur in Aitkin, Crow Wing, Cass, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties; officials do not anticipate any highway closures in these counties at this time.
MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:
- Check current road conditions at www.511mn.org; roads are expected to remain icy overnight Sunday into Monday.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
- Be patient and stay back at least five car lengths behind any plow. 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, weave to avoid obstacles such as mailboxes, or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.
For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511