ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning drivers about difficult driving conditions beginning late Monday night and continuing through Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Freeborn, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Fillmore, Steele, Rice, Goodhue, Wabahsa, Winona, and Houston counties. Between five and eight inches of snow is being forecast for that area with 10 inches possible. Winds gusting as high as 35 miles per hour are also expected to cause blowing and drifting snow.
Drivers are being asked to:
- Stay alert for snow plows.
- Stay at least 10 car lengths behind any plow.
- Drive as safe speeds for the road conditions.
- Turn on headlights and wear seat belts.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient.
- Avoid driving distracted.
MnDOT says it will have 102 snowplows working on state highways in the 11-county southeast Minnesota district, taking care of 3,774 lane miles.
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