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MnDOT getting out in front of snow expected for Monday morning commute


December 30, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is starting to roll crews right at midnight in anticipation of some snowfall and possible freezing rain for the Monday morning rush hour commute in the Twin Cities.

MnDOT spokeswoman Anne Meyer told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the type of winter storm heading this way is still a little hard to predict because of the temperature fluctuations.

"We're preparing for everything and will adjust as things happen from hour to hour," she said. "One or 2 degrees either way could make a big difference on what our crews have to do as the morning rush starts."

Meyer said MnDOT crews are starting right at midnight and they will use a brine solution on overpasses, freeway ramps and bridges because it seems to work best before snow starts to fall.

"Our salt really isn't meant to be put down before it snows," Meyer said. "Simply because it will be pushed off the roads and into ditches if it's put down on the roads too soon."


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