Multiple agencies are urging drivers to be aware of winter weather this holiday.
According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, snow-covered and icy road conditions could begin as early as this afternoon in some parts of the state.
Much of central, northeast and southern Minnesota is under a Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service. The immediate Bemidji area is not expected to be affected, other than perhaps a couple of inches of snow over the next few days.
Forecasts suggest snowfall amounts could reach 6 to 9 inches in some areas of the state beginning Tuesday afternoon, and wind gusts of 35 to 40 miles per hour causing blowing snow with whiteout conditions could follow.
“We want motorists to be prepared for the changing road conditions to be sure their drive is safe and uneventful this holiday weekend,” said Jed Falgren, acting MnDOT state maintenance engineer. “When driving near snowplows, motorists should remember to be patient and give our operators room to work so that they can improve road conditions.”
Drivers are asked to check 511mn.org to see current road conditions along their route.