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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Highway Department Preparing for Weekend Snowfall

Here we go again. Another weekend, another storm to contend with.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for potentially poor road conditions as a small storm rolls through the area with the potential for a combination of snow and freezing rain that could make driving treacherous.

Wright County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Steve Meyer said trucks are already out treating roads and will remain out until about 9 p.m. tonight in advance of the storm. Meyer said the storm isn’t expected to drop significant accumulations, but with temperatures projected in the high 20s or low 30s, the potential for freezing rain and ice exists, which can often be worse than a heavy accumulating snow.

“For the last couple of days the snow projection has remained steady at about 1.6 inches,” Meyer said. “From what we’re seeing, the roads will probably be at their worst on Saturday night into Sunday morning.”

Snow and light mist is expected to start late Saturday afternoon and continue throughout the evening before ending Sunday morning. With temperatures expected to hover at or slightly below freezing, the biggest concerns are icy spots that can cause vehicles to love traction with the roadway.

The Wright County Highway Department trucks will be out in full force if needed early Sunday morning to get roads cleared before traffic builds during the morning.

Meyer also said those with travel plans next week should be aware of a storm expected to arrive mid-week and potentially last through Friday that could drop significant amounts of snow in the area, but, as of now, they’re simply monitoring the track of the storm and will have more information as the work week begins on Monday.

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