MnDOT, drivers prepare for weekend's snow, freezing rain

Updated: December 27, 2019 10:09 PM

Roads are going to be a big concern this weekend as freezing rain and snow starts and temperatures drop throughout the state.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has crews working to keep the slick conditions to a minimum as they monitor the changing forecasts.


“We would typically pre-treat a bridge, or any ramps or anything like that, but because this event looks like it'll start off with rain, or bring us some rain, it's going to wash away that material and it doesn't do us any good. So we're paying close attention to that,” MnDOT spokeswoman Anne Meyer said. “When it does switch back over to snow, then we'll be able to use some typical things like brine, salt, and other chemicals that will get rid of what falls."

While MnDOT is used to the drill every winter, they want drivers to remember safety precautions, too.

“If they go somewhere during the daytime and roads are OK, that that might change once the sun goes down, and we could see some more slick spots out there," Meyer said. "So we just keep on the roads until all of them are back in the clear, and we do what we can in each region that needs it."

Josh Tipcke plows snow for work, so the wintry mix of freezing rain, snow and wind doesn’t faze him.

"With the freezing rain, we just try to salt more and maybe hold off for a little bit to see if the sun will melt it,” he said. “Respect the snow and the plows.”

As the professionals handle the roads, some drivers instead plan on being more cautious and perhaps just avoiding any post-holiday trips altogether.

“Don't go anywhere you don't have to go,” said Edgar Kirabira, who lives in St. Paul. “Just stay off the roads, no sudden moves.”

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