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MnDOT: Snow Plows will be on the Roads at Midnight, Difficult Driving Conditions

January 21, 2018 11:21 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- MnDOT District 6 is urging everyone to take caution when traveling during the winter storm on Monday.  They said around 102 snow plows will be out starting 12:00 a.m. Monday, salting the roads and sanding ramps.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation motorists in southeast Minnesota will experience difficult driving conditions beginning Monday morning as heavy snow and mixed precipitation falls overnight. 

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A winter storm watch is currently in effect in our area. 

Motorists should consult weather and road information before traveling on Monday to understand weather conditions on their route. MnDOT’s road conditions map is at www.511mn.org.

In southeast Minnesota, there are 102 snowplows that work the state highways in the 11-county MnDOT District 6. MnDOT will deploy snowplows in southeast Minnesota at midnight Sunday and are expected to work until noon on Monday when a new shift of drivers will take over. In southeast Minnesota, MnDOT plows 3,774 lane miles. An average route for drivers is 31 miles.

MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
  • Turn off the cruise control.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Don’t drive distracted.

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