MnDOT advises no travel in south central Minnesota tonight

MANKATO -The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in south central Minnesota after 6 p.m. tonight due to heavy snowfall, high winds and dark creating hazardous conditions.

Snowplows are currently out making passes, but the heavy snowfall is keeping the highways slushy and slippery. Winds are expected to increase making visibility a serious problem for motorists. As conditions continue to deteriorate, snowplows may be pulled off the roads until conditions allow for their safe return.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

• Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
• Be patient and 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.
• Stay alert for snowplows that 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 to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

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