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MnDOT urges caution as winter weather could impact driving in west central Minnesota

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises drivers to be extremely careful on the roads as a mix of winter weather is on its way. Motorists in west central Minnesota should prepare for the possibility of difficult driving conditions tonight through the weekend.

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

Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.

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.

Travelers can access information about Minnesota road conditions, traffic incidents, commercial vehicle restrictions, and weather information via the phone or the Web, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

511 is Mn/DOT's easy-to-remember traveler information service. 511 provides continual updates via phone or internet about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, road closures and other travel information.

On the phone, simply dial 511. You will be connected to a computerized voice recognition system. The system will offer voice response and/or touch-tone options to request road-specific information.

On the Web, find traveler information at 511mn.org

Information is available anytime - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For North Dakota travel information, visit the North Dakota Department of Transportation at dot.nd.gov/travel-info/

South Dakota road condition information is available at sddot.com

For travel in other areas, you can find weather forecasts at Safe Travel USA

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