With snow in forecast, MnDOT warns drivers about upcoming road conditions

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 4:04 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 5:55 PM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - As Minnesotans await the coming snowfall, the Minnesota Department of Transportation wants drivers to be prepared for the first snowy driving conditions of the year.

MnDOT wants to remind drivers to take more time than they may be accustomed to, stay at least 10 car lengths away from snowplows, and be prepared for blowing winds to limit visibility.

With it being the first snowfall of the year, the ground will likely melt the snow that lands, creating slush on roads. Bridges may also freeze and become noticeably icy.

“The first snow of the year always has its own set of challenges. People just need to re-acclimate to winter driving conditions. We do have some warmer temps today, so our pavements might stay a little bit warmer tomorrow and buy us a little bit of time,” explained Chase Fester, assistant maintenance manager for MnDOT’s Mankato-based District 7.

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