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MnDOT: Drivers reminded to take extra precautions

As a near record-breaking cold takes hold of west central Minnesota, motorists are reminded to take extra precautions to avoid potentially life-threatening situations, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Subzero temperatures ...

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Shelby Lindrud / Tribune Blustery winds caused near white-out conditions in some rural areas Tuesday afternoon, including this location just north of the U.S. Highway 71 and state Highway 7 roundabout south of Willmar. Winds at more than 30 miles per hour and subzero temperatures created wind chills of more than 60 below across the region.

 

 As a near record-breaking cold takes hold of west central Minnesota, motorists are reminded to take extra precautions to avoid potentially life-threatening situations, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Subzero temperatures and strong winds will create dangerous wind chills, snow drifts, reduced visibility and continued icy patches overnight.

 

According to the National Weather Service, extremely cold temperatures are expected through Thursday. Be aware that weather conditions can change rapidly. Check MnDOT road conditions at  www.511mn.org  before traveling.

 

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Snowplow operators throughout west central Minnesota have been out pushing back drifts and attending to icy patches since early this morning. Some of these drifts return shortly after the trucks make a pass. 

 

If your travel isn’t necessary during the extremely cold periods, consider staying home. If you are driving, be sure to check car batteries and fuel levels before traveling. Use slower speeds, keep headlights on and eliminate distractions.

 

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

 

For information on items to put in a winter survival kit, go to  https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/educational-materials/Documents/Winter-Survival-Brochure.pdf .

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