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Jan. 4, 2022

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MnDOT snowplows ready as Blizzard Warning issued for Olmsted, Dodge, Mower and Fillmore counties

ROCHESTER, Minn. — MnDOT snowplows will be out on southeast Minnesota state highways beginning Tuesday night but difficult travel and white-out conditions will be likely with wind gusts up to 50 mph in Olmsted, Dodge, Mower and Fillmore counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of southeast Minnesota and a Blizzard Warning for Olmsted, Dodge, Mower and Fillmore counties. Motorists can expect poor visibilities from blowing and drifting snow from midnight to noon on Wednesday. Predicted snow accumulations are 1-3 inches in southeast Minnesota.

Motorists should consider adjusting their travel plans as white-out conditions are likely in areas of southeast Minnesota. Some power outages are possible too. Icy conditions could develop on highways from snow blowing across the roads.

MnDOT has 101 snowplows in southeast Minnesota. During winter weather such as what’s forecasted, MnDOT is likely to deploy two shifts of drivers in the snowplows, who can keep the snowplowing effort going around the clock by working 12-hour shifts. In southeast Minnesota, MnDOT plows 3,700 lane miles with the average route for drivers being 31 miles.

MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
  • Turn off the cruise control.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.