Winter has finally arrived with a force in Minnesota. Scores of schools canceled classes today (Wednesday) as the state is seeing its heaviest snowfall of the season. As of 8am, Hutchinson had 5 1/2 inches of snow. According to the National Weather Service, heaviest snow is expected in central and northern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use extreme caution in central Minnesota as the storm system moves through the region today. Heavy blowing snow can cause reduced visibility and road conditions can change quickly.
Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.
MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:
- Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
- 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.