UPDATED: Highway 2 reopened between Crookston and East Grand Forks
BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol reopened U.S. Highway 2 between Crookston and East Grand Forks at 12:50 p.m. after closing it because of dangerous driving conditions.
A no-travel advisory is still in effect for the northern Red River Valley in the following locations: The western portions of Kittson, Marshall, Norman and Polk counties, according to a release from MnDOT.
While snow has tapered off, the release said, high winds and blowing snow are continuing to limit visibility and motorists are urged to use caution.
MnDOT reminds motorists to be patient while snowplow operators work to improve driving conditions, the release said. The majority of snowplow crashes take place during “clean up” when motorists resume their normal speeds.
MnDOT recommends that 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 their trip.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows 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 real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.