MnDOT, Drivers Brace for First Significant Snowfall of the Season

Updated: 11/05/2013 6:18 PM
Created: 11/05/2013 2:56 PM
By: Naomi Pescovitz

The first significant snowfall of the season may hit the tail end of Tuesday rush hour traffic. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says they are watching the storm in preparation.

Plows are ready to deploy but MnDOT says they are also relying on Minnesota drivers to keep the roads safe. Last year in Minnesota, there were 21 crashes between vehicles and plows. MnDOT asks drivers to slow down and give plow drivers plenty of room to operate.

Here are a few driving tips:

  • Avoiding unnecessary travel if road conditions are poor or hazardous.
  • Break properly to avoid skidding. If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin breaking extra early when approaching an intersection.
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or breaks. Steer into the direction of the skid until you regain traction. Then straighten your vehicle. If you have anti-lock breaks, apply steady pressure.
  • Watch for slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses.
  • Never try to pass in blowing snow.

You can also get all the latest on the weather, traffic and more on our new site and KSTP mobile app.

You will find an interactive radar where you can type in your zip code to pinpoint the storm and watch the radar at any speed. You can also get a customized detailed weather forecast for your neighborhood and a real time traffic map.

For severe weather alerts, download our KSTP severe weather app.

KSTP file photo.

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