MnDOT: Black ice a concern as temperatures plummet

January 30, 2019 07:01 AM

Plow drivers are still busy making sure the roads are clear, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation says snow is not the only danger as temperatures drop.

After several rounds clearing snow off the roads on Monday, MnDOT stresses that drivers are not out of the woods just yet.


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"Crews are continuing to go out and look for scattered, slippery spots," MnDOT spokesperson Kent Barnard said. "Selectively putting chemicals on ramps, loops and bridge decks, areas we know are prone to ice up."

Barnard said black ice is still a concern for drivers. 

"Expect the unexpected," Barnard said. "You don't know necessarily where black ice is going to form."

Between midnight and 10 a.m., State Patrol reported 134 crashes and 137 spin-outs across the state. 

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"If you're going 60/65 miles per hour and you hit a patch of black ice, you can skate right off the road," Barnard said. 

As temperatures plummet, MnDOT says the ice patches on the highway won't have a good chance of melting.

"People just have to slow down and take their time," Barnard said. "It is winter in Minnesota." 

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