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There is a winter storm coming or already here for the whole State of Minnesota. This is being called a major storm.

– A blizzard warning remains in effect for areas roughly along and to the southwest of a line from Morris to Faribault. A winter storm warning remains in effect for areas north and east of this line.

– A Blizzard Warnings posted just south/west of MSP for white-out conditions later today.

(update) – The local NWS office has issued a "watch for much of central, south central and east central MN, including the Twin Cities, Mankato, Albert Lea, Red Wing and St. Cloud – into much of northern and western WI for Friday night into Saturday night for the combination of snow, blowing snow and drifting and falling temperatures.

MNDOT is recommending no travel in the following counties:

Dodge | Fillmore | Mower | Olmsted | Pennington | Roseau

Winter road tips from DPS and MnDOT include:

  • Always use seat belts.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly on icy/snow-covered roads to retain traction and avoid skids.

  • Do not use cruise control.

  • Do not “power up” hills, which may cause wheels to spin. Build momentum before reaching a hill and don’t stop while traveling uphill. Reduce speed before going downhill.

  • Know your brakes. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of the foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

  • Give yourself plenty of travel time. Don’t put your schedule before safety.

  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.

  • Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.

Most police officers asked say the key is usually to Just Slow Down.

If you are in an accident, make sure to get the names of anyone who indicates they saw what happened. If you witness an accident, check to see if everyone is OK and stay around or at least give the drivers your contact information. If you are injured, seek the advice of an attorney who does that kind of work and who can explain your coverages and rights.

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