The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) warns motorists in southwest and west central Minnesota that forecasted heavy snow and strong winds overnight will significantly reduce visibility and make travel difficult, if not hazardous.
Several factors may lead the Willmar District office to advise no travel later tonight as snowplows will only be out until around 10 p.m. and the heaviest snowfall with wind gusts creating near white-out conditions forecasted for the overnight hours.
Snowplows will resume in the early hours on Wednesday and motorists should check road conditions before traveling. With high winds forecasted well into the morning, it will likely take the snowplows longer to recover the roads for improved travel conditions, especially with the forecasted snow totals.
The average snow plow route in District 8 (southwest and west central Minn.) is sixty miles, round-trip. Some routes are considerably longer. In good conditions it can take two and one-half hours to clear a route. In difficult conditions it can take up to four hours.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.