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Posted on: December 28, 2021

Highway Trucks on the Road All Day Before Temperatures Plunge

The National Weather Service is warning those who will be out on the roads or traveling any distance in Minnesota to be aware of conditions that will be going from bad to worse in the coming days.

A storm system that is moving its way across the state starting this morning is expected to drop two to three inches of snow in Wright County and, once it makes its way through, temperatures are going to drop quickly and sharply – with projections of air temperatures as low as 20 below zero by Saturday.

Wright County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Nate Helgeson said drivers should be on the lookout for county highway trucks throughout the day as the highway department finds itself up against the clock to get the county road system cleaned.

“We’re going to have trucks on the road all day until we get them cleaned up,” Helgeson said. “By the time we pull the trucks tonight, we’re expecting black (clean) roadways. We want everything to be salted and taken care of tonight because, with the cold temperatures coming up, we’re not going to have much of a chance for the next four or five days to break anything after today.”

Wright County is currently in the area that has a 65-70 percent chance of getting two or more inches of snow. The northern portion of Wright County has approximately a 25 percent likelihood of getting four or more inches of snow with this system, which is expected to hit hardest in the late morning and afternoon time frame, making the evening commute potentially more treacherous depending on the timing and duration of the snowfall.

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