Bracing for the first winter storm of 2021

Bracing for the first winter storm of 2021

ST. JAMES, Minn. (KEYC) - The first winter storm of 2021 is shaping up to be similar to the one that rounded out 2020, with a blizzard and hazardous road conditions expected.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning southern Minnesotans that this storm will likely result in no travel advisories being issued, with the possibility of some roads being completely closed. During our last blizzard on December 23rd, many area towns, like the city of St. James, opened up an emergency shelter for stranded motorists, and they’re planning to do the same tonight. But officials say it’s important for motorists to note that if they do become stranded, the rescue process may not be timely.

“When you’re looking at tow trucks coming out there’s probably a long list of vehicles that they need to get to before they get to yours, obviously, we try to get to people that are in their vehicles first versus vehicles that are unoccupied,” says Rochelle Hanson, Assistant Chief, St. James Police Department.

Officials say it’s always important to have an emergency kit inside your vehicle in case you are stranded for a long period of time. As always, you can stay up to date with the latest road conditions by going to 511mn.org.

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