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Published March 18, 2013, 07:50 PM

Blowing and drifting snow creates hazardous driving conditions

BEMIDJI, Minn. – (7:00 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in all, or portions of, Beltrami, Kittson, Clearwater, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red lake and Roseau counties, due to blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

BEMIDJI, Minn. – (7:00 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in all, or portions of, Beltrami, Kittson, Clearwater, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red lake and Roseau counties, due to blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility.

Motorists should check www.511mn.org or call 511 for the most up to date driving conditions.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

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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