In the southeastern part of Minnesota, there are 102 snowplows are on the state highways in the 11-county MnDOT District 6. These plows handle 3,774 lane miles. An average route for drivers is 31 miles.

Many roads in the area have patches of compacted snow and ice yet. Some of these patches can cause you to lose control if you are not careful.

MnDOT snowplows are using salt on the road and they also use an icebreaker to loosen the compaction layer on the roads. The icebreaker uses a carbide-tipped roller on the front of a snowplow truck and uses its underbody blade and a motor grader following behind to loosen and break up the icy compaction.

You will find that if you left a vehicle on the side of the road during the height of the storm, that it has now been towed to make room for the trucks to improve the clean up.

MnDot reminds everyone to:

  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Don't drive into a snow cloud and stay back 10 car lengths from snowplows.
  • Slow down and drive for the condiitons.
  • Don't use cruise control
  • Wear your seatbelt and keep your headlights on.
  • Be patient especially if you are caught behind snowplows
  • Don't drive distracted

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