Dangerous Road Conditions Persist Throughout Minnesota

Updated: December 27, 2018 10:38 PM

Ever since the snow storm started in the early hours of Thursday,  road conditions have been dangerous.

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According to a tweet from Minnesota State Patrol Public Information’s Officer, Lt. Gordon Shank, statewide from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 8:00 a.m. Thursday, 270 crashes were reported. Those numbers continue to increase throughout the snow storm.

The National Weather Service in Duluth said the heavy snow will persist throughout the rest of the night Thursday, mainly from the Twin Ports and up to the Iron Range.

The weather service also said the gusty northern winds will stay throughout the night, which will affect people's drive. It will cause slippery conditions and poor visibility on the roads.

The weather service has all of the Northland under a winter storm warning through Friday morning.

It’s important that if you plan on driving, to take it easy by keeping your distance from other vehicles, especially from snow plows, at least five car lengths back.

Snow plows have been working since the early hours of Thursday and will continue to work throughout the storm to keep the roads as clean and safe as possible.

"If we have a severe drop in temperature, that can turn to really icy conditions. At that point in time we will use the icing chemicals to try to loosen that up and if it really gets bad we have some machinery we can bring in to manually break it apart,” Beth Petroske, the public affairs official for MnDOT District 1, said.

The Cloquet Police Department sent out a winter storm warning to central, north central and northeast Minnesot. They described the roads to be in hazardous conditions.

If you do plan on driving, it’s important to plan ahead by keeping an emergency kit in the car with a flashlight, food, water, a first aid kit, and warm blankets.

It's also recommended to have your phone fully charged in case of any emergency and letting your family members know where you're going.

You can stay updated on current road conditions by calling 5-1-1, the MnDOT costumer service number. You can also also go to WDIO's weather page for more updates. 

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