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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Driving conditions improving in southern Minnesota

  • Highways in south central and southwest Minnesota are being upgraded to mostly good to fair winter driving conditions. Only Brown, Nicollet and Sibley counties have state highways that remain in difficult conditions.
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  • The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution due to snow and ice compacted conditions.
    Highways in south central and southwest Minnesota are being upgraded to mostly good to fair winter driving conditions. Only Brown, Nicollet and Sibley counties have state highways that remain in difficult conditions.
    Snow plows have been out since early morning hours and will continue "clean-up" activities throughout the day. Motorist are reminded to give the plows plenty of room as the clear shoulders, cross overs and turn lanes. Snow plows can make unexpected movements for after storm clean up.
    Motorists in areas of power outages should be alert to traffic signal that are out. Windom is currently experiencing loss of power.
    Areas in southwest Minnesota with power outages have resulted in the closure of Rest Areas along I-90 including Adrian and Jackson and Highway 60 at Worthington.
    Motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where stalled vehicles and crashes occur.
    MnDOT 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.
    • 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. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
    • 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.
    For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.
    For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

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