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UPDATED: Highway 2 reopened between East Grand Forks and Crookston

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UPDATED: Highway 2 reopened between East Grand Forks and Crookston
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol has opened U.S. Highway 2 from Crookston to East Grand Forks.

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Yet, even thought the highway is open, MnDOT warns that high winds can limit visibility and have the potential to create scattered white-out conditions.

Motorists should visit www.511mn.org before attempting any travel as road conditions range from difficult to hazardous throughout northwestern Minnesota.

MnDOT reminds motorists to be patient while snowplow operators work to improve driving conditions and prepare for additional snowfall. The majority of snowplow crashes take place during “clean up” when motorists resume their normal speeds.

After a storm motorists should:

- 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. 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 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 www.mndot.gov/workzone. For updated information on road conditions, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.

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