Wright County says drive cautiously this week

The Wright County Highway Department, Monday, Feb. 24, advised motorists to drive very cautiously when traveling on Wright County highways during the week due to icy patches and blowing and drifting snow. This advisory covers all Wright County highways.

“While we do not anticipate any highway closures at this time, quickly drifting snow is encroaching on driving lanes,” said Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins. “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, Hawkins said. 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 motorists.

• Stay 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 might also travel over center lines 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.