No travel advisory expanded in west central Minnesota
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — (2:10 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has expanded the no travel advisory to state and federal highways in the following counties due to dangerous driving conditions:
- Big Stone
- portions of Otter Tail
A no travel advisory also remains in effect for state and federal highways in Douglas and Grant counties.
Snowplows continue to operate, but motorists are advised not to travel in these areas until conditions improve. This includes Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Osakis, and Highway 10 from Moorhead to Hawley.
With the combination of high sustained wind speeds, wind gusts and ice covered or compacted roads, driving conditions are hazardous throughout west central Minnesota leading to several crashes and spin outs.
Motorists, and especially those operating large commercial vehicles without a load, should avoid all unnecessary travel.
MnDOT snow plows operate between 20 and 30 miles per hour during a snow storm. Motorists who choose to travel must reduce their speed, watch for snow plows and be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.
For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.