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MnDOT: Keep speeds down and eyes on the road during winter weather

Drivers on area roads are being urged to slow down and travel carefully as winter weather has made driving difficult on many roads throughout the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8. Some roads are partially or completely covered in...

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Rain and snow combined for slippery driving conditions this morning on North Business 71 in Willmar. TRIBUNE Photo

Drivers on area roads are being urged to slow down and travel carefully as winter weather has made driving difficult on many roads throughout the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8. Some roads are partially or completely covered in snow or sleet, causing scattered icy patches.

With rain, sleet and snow forecasted throughout the day, MnDOT is advising motorists to keep their headlights on and be on the lookout for ice and snow covered roadways. MnDOT asks motorists to remember to use safe speeds for winter driving conditions, no matter the posted speed limits. Drivers should also drive carefully over bridges, overpasses and through tunnels and keep a safe stopping distance between them and the vehicle ahead.

With temperatures predicted to continuing decreasing and wind speeds rising road conditions are predicted to remain difficult through the day. Visibility could become an issue later in the day. Drivers should keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the roads and keep their attention on their driving.

MnDOT plows will be on the roads, and will continue to evaluate road conditions.

Safety is MnDOT's number one priority and MnDOT asks everyone on the road to work together to make travel as safe as possible during winter driving conditions. Drivers are asked to give snowplows plenty of room to work.

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Travelers can check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511 before leaving. The 511 system has been updated with 92 real-time cameras, which join the 800 traffic cameras already in use. Road Weather Information Stations are found along state roads and interstates.

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