The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to remain cautious as driving conditions have improved, but remain difficult due to blowing snow and slippery conditions.
Some highways in the area have been upgraded to difficult, or fair driving conditions after wet, heavy snow resulted in hazardous conditions causing cars, trucks and semi-trailers to become stalled along roadways.
Motorists should plan ahead if they need to travel and refer to 511mn.org for the most up to date road information. It takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
Snowplows have remained on the roads throughout the snowstorm doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:
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, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.