Travel Not Advised Throughout the Northland

Heavy snowfall and strong winds are causing near zero visibility in many areas

Travel is not advised in northern Aitkin, central St. Louis, Itasca, and southern Koochiching counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Heavy snowfall and strong winds are causing near zero visibility in many areas.

The State Patrol has reported more than one dozen spin-outs and crashes on I-35 south of Duluth. Motorists traveling in northeastern Minnesota are advised to slow down and use extreme caution.

MnDOT plows are out in full-force however, snow ice, and compaction can cause a recently-plowed road to become slippery again very quickly. MnDOT will continue plowing 24/7 until the roads are clear.

Snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe.

Motorists are advised to 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.

The Minnesota State Patrol has reported their response numbers for the day:

VSO – Vehicle spin outs
VOR – Vehicles off the road

Duluth:
36 crashes – 2 injuries, no fatal, 1 serious
52 VSO/VOR

Brainerd:
33 crashes – 3 injuries, no fatal, no serious
83 VSO/VOR

Virginia:
7 crashes – 0 injuries/fatal/serious
100 VSO/VOR

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