WILLMAR, Minn. (8:50 a.m.) – All Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews in southwest Minnesota have been out clearing roads since 3 this morning and plan to continue to plow throughout the day.
Officials say roads are completely covered throughout the area, and at the current rate of snowfall, roads may quickly fill back in as soon as they are plowed.
The average snow plow route in southwest Minnesota is sixty miles, roundtrip. Some routes are considerably longer. Plows typically travel at 40-45 m.p.h., but speeds have been cut in half or less in today’s winter storm, considerably increasing the time it can take to plow a route. It will likely take four or more hours for snow plow operators to get through their routes.
MnDOT reminds motorists that if they must travel to exercise patience, and practice good winter driving habits as heavy snow and slippery roads impact travel.
You can check road conditions at www.511mn.org