MnDOT offers tips to avoid traffic mishaps during cold snap

Jay Kolls
Updated: February 09, 2021 06:20 PM
Created: February 09, 2021 04:27 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has its hands full with icy roads during this cold snap and has some advice to help drivers avoid hard-to-navigate trouble spots.

MnDOT spokesperson Anne Meyer told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS there has been a bad combination of light, overnight snow coupled with bitter cold temperatures making roads more slippery and unpredictable than usual.

"Our materials take a little longer to work during the extremely cold temperatures and the light snow just adds to the headache," Meyer said.  "Then, drivers who are stuck in traffic leave droplets from their exhaust, which creates another layer of thin ice that's hard to detect."

Meyer said drivers need to pay close attention to trouble spots before they leave their homes in the morning and then make plans to take alternate routes, if possible, and add extra time for the commute because slowing down is still the best practice.

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