The Wright County Highway Department is preparing for what may turn out to be a sloppy (and potentially dangerous) spring weather event today.
Wright County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Steve Meyer said Wright County is currently forecast to pick up two to four inches of wet, heavy snow with the southwest portion of the county expected to get higher snow totals.
Wright County is on the northern edge of the system, which is expected to drop six or more inches on southern and southwestern Minnesota today. The storm is the remnant of a system that dumped more than a foot of snow in the mountainous areas of California, Colorado and Wyoming.
Meyer said his crew is monitoring the situation and have trucks ready to deploy if necessary. He said the biggest concern is that some of the forecast models are inconclusive.
“We’ve seen projections that this storm could start out as snow, turn to rain and then turn back to snow,” Meyer said. “When it comes to keeping the roads safe, we prefer all of one or the other – all rain or all snow. When you get the mix of turning from one to another, that’s where you get slick spots and deteriorating driving conditions.”
The snow/rain mix is expected to last throughout the day before clearing out after the evening commute so drivers are asked to monitor the conditions and prepare accordingly.