Weather Forecast


MnDOT advises no unnecessary travel in central Minnesota

Blowing, drifting snow creates hazardous driving conditions in central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) advises no unnecessary travel in central Minnesota due to blowing and drifting snow.

This advisory covers Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Todd, Morrison, Kanabec, Isanti and Wright counties.

While officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time, quickly drifting snow is encroaching on driving lanes. While crews are working to clear all lanes, roads susceptible to drifting snow should be avoided until winds subside.

The MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

■ Check road conditions at 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.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to For updated information on road conditions, visit or call 511.

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