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Heavy snowfall, forecasted wind make for hazardous driving conditions in west central Minnesota
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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

DETROIT LAKES - The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued an advisory this afternoon to caution motorists traveling in west central Minnesota as a winter storm moves through the region.

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Roads are currently slippery due to heavy wet snowfall.

The National Weather Service forecast indicates wind will pick up later today through tomorrow producing blowing and drifting snow and significantly reduced visibility.

Mn/DOT snow plow operators are out in force, according to the news release.

Motorists should remember to:

- Check road conditions by visiting online at www.511mn.org or calling 511.

- Be patient - 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; snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.

- Stay alert - Snowplows 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 - Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

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