Cold, blowing, drifting snow still causing difficult driving on Wright County Highways

The Wright County Highway Department advises motorists to drive very cautiously when traveling on Wright County Highways this week due to icy patches and blowing and drifting snow.  This advisory covers all Wright County Highways.

While Wright County does not anticipate any highway closures at this time, quickly drifting snow is encroaching driving lanes, Wright County Engineer Virgil Hawkins stated in a news release Monday. While maintenance crews are working to clear all lanes, the ice-packed conditions caused by last week’s major storm, combined with a very cold weather forecast for this week, will likely make driving very difficult all week.

Wright County snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

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