No unnecessary travel advised for south central Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel today in south central Minnesota to due to limited visibility and poor road conditions on state and federal highways.

MnDOT officials are also warning of a potential “no travel advised” at nightfall.  Motorists are advised to plan ahead as the current conditions and forecasts continue to show dangerous driving conditions into the night.

Counties included in the advisory include (MnDOT District 7):

  •        Blue Earth
  •        Brown
  •        Cottonwood
  •        Faribault
  •        Jackson
  •        Martin
  •        Nicollet
  •        Watonwan

Snowplows are still out in south central Minnesota and will continue to clear the highways until it is unsafe to do so.

MnDOT advises any motorists that must travel to check road conditions before traveling. 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.  Updates are also provided on Twitter at @mndotscentral.

Motorists can practice good winter driving habits by following these steps:

1.       Allow extra time to get to your destination.

2.       Turn your headlights on (not simply the automatic setting) and wear your seatbelt.

3.       Be patient behind the wheel and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions.

4.       Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind a plow, far from the snow cloud.

5.       Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Anticipate that plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.

6.       Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.

7.       No texting, emailing, or internet while driving – it’s the law.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

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