The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to slow down and drive cautiously due to high winds, drifting snow and snow, ice and slush covered roads.  Most roads in the southwest are partially covered or completely covered.  Expect blowing snow and slippery spots.  Watch for icy bridges and black ice.
 Safety is MnDOT’s number on priority.  Snowplow drivers and motorists have to work together to make travel safe and avoid crashes during winter weather events and icy conditions.
 MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:
• Turn on your headlights, don’t rely on automatic lights.
• Drive slowly on bridges, overpasses and tunnels.
• Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.
• Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of them.
• Keep both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road, and stay alert.
 Various weather data is also available with photos.  For updated statewide road conditions call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov