MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Transportation this morning announced that motorists should be advised that the forecasted storm for today and Friday will likely result in road closures or “No Travel Advised” warnings being issued later today as the winter storm moves into southwest and possibly south central Minnesota.

Motorists should prepare for changing weather conditions and monitor road conditions at 511mn.org. Potential impacts include reduced to zero visibility and slippery roads from snow compaction as the warm temperatures dramatically drop and freeze the precipitation to the road. Motorists should also have a full tank of gas and winter survival kit if they must travel in these conditions.

MnDOT emphasizes that motorists attempting to travel on a closed road and require rescuing are liable for all related rescue costs.

Motorists can prepare for winter weather driving by following these steps:

  • Check road conditions before your trip. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

  • Allow extra time to get to your destination.

  • Make sure your gas tank is full.

  • Be patient behind the wheel and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions.

  • Stay at least 10 car lengths behind a plow, far from the snow cloud.

  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Anticipate that plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.

  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.

  • Remember to turn your headlights on!

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For additional tips on safe winter driving, visit mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.