MANKATO, Minn. – (3:30 p.m.) Motorists in south central Minnesota are advised to expect difficult driving conditions to remain into Tuesday (December 31) with forecasted additional snowfall, dropping temps and even higher wind gusts.
Snowplow drivers started the storm with warmer wet roads and as sleet and snow came with dropping temps, traffic compacted the precipitation leaving roads glazed and icy.
Progress can be made in the sheltered areas with chemicals, but applying salt in the open rural areas while snow is blowing across results in the snow sticking to the road.
Conditions have varied throughout the day, but the consistent message now is refreeze from the winds and temps resulting in icy driving conditions.
Snowplows will resume in the early hours on Tuesday and motorists should check road conditions before traveling.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
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