The Minnesota Department of Transportation in Mankato has upgraded most south central Minnesota highways from hazardous to difficult driving conditions.
Motorists are advised that roads will remain difficult as the winds continue to blow and drift the snow, possibly blocking the roadway.
Snow plow operators are planning to return on Saturday to work on the snow and ice compaction as conditions allow.
Snowplows have been out since 4 a.m. Friday, but progress was slow with stalled vehicles, cold temps and continued blowing snow.
MnDOT officials say 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. (511 is working somewhat better at this time)
- 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.
- 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.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.