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Strong winds create icy patches and difficult driving conditions

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises drivers in portions of west central Minnesota to slow down and use extreme caution. Strong winds are creating icy patches on highways in Clay and Wilkin counties and parts of Becker, Mahnomen and Otter Tail counties.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • 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 you.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road and attention on your driving. 
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the far northern valley until 10:00 p.m. Wednesday for blowing-drifting & poor visibility. A winter weather advisory goes into affect after that until 6:00 a.m. for freezing rain & slick roads.

Be sure to stick with Valley News Live throughout the night for weather updates. Tune in to Valley News Live 10@10 Wednesday night and the Valley Today on Thursday morning for the latest on road conditions.


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