Motorists should prepare for snow-covered road conditions in portions of Minnesota beginning Tuesday morning as a winter storm is expected to bring snow to the region through Wednesday morning, which means travel could be difficult.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of central, southern and northeast Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area. Forecasts suggest snowfall amounts could reach 2 to 5 inches in most areas of the state, with some higher amounts of snow possible, beginning Tuesday morning.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages motorists to check 511mn.org before they travel to see current road conditions and view highway and snowplow cameras along their route.
Hundreds of snowplow operators will be working during the winter storm to keep road conditions as safe and clear as possible. Motorists should remember to slow down, stay alert, and stay back at least 10 car lengths and use extra caution when driving near snowplows.
“Motorists need to be prepared for changing road conditions to be sure their drive is safe and uneventful,” said Steve Lund, MnDOT maintenance engineer. “When driving near snowplows, remember to be patient and give our operators plenty of room to work so that they can improve road conditions and help you get where you need to be.”
If travel is necessary, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety recommends everyone in the vehicle is dressed for the cold weather. Motorists should keep blankets, water, food, phone chargers and an emergency kit in your vehicle.
Safe winter driving recommendations for all motorists include:
Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at 511mn.org.