The Minnesota Department of Transportation cautions drivers traveling in northwestern Minnesota to prepare for difficult driving conditions Blowing and drifting snow are creating slippery road conditions and reducing visibility.
MnDOT is especially concerned that motorists keep a safe distance from the snowplows.
Drivers are encouraged to use safe-driving practices:
- Headlights must be turned on when it is raining, snowing or sleeting.
- Adjust speed to road and weather conditions--lower speeds minimize crashes.
- Move over one lane from any stopped emergency vehicle.
- Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles, and leave extra room between your vehicle and snowplows or other snow-removal equipment.
- Know your brakes and how they react on snow-covered roads.
- Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
- Do not use cruise-control, and always use seat belts.
In addition to this storm, many roads remained closed due to flooding conditions in the western counties bordering the Red River. Closures include:
- Highway 1 at Oslo
- Highway 11 at the Robbin crossing into North Dakota
- Highway 75 from south of Perley, north to Climax
- Highway 220 west of Climax
- Highway 220 south of Alvarado
- Highway 220 from the junction with Highway 1, north to Highway 11 in Marshall County
- Highway 317 from Highway 220
Increased law enforcement is present for safety at the temporary four-way stops at U.S. Highway 2 and 220 southeast of East Grand Forks. This is a detour route due to the temporary closure of the Louis Murray Bridge in East Grand Forks. Drivers will be issued citations for speeding and rolling through stop signs.
For statewide travel information and road conditions, call 511 or go online to www.511mn.org.