Plows out in full force as snow continues

11:26 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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ALBERTVILLE, Minn--- MnDOT reports it will have every available plow in the state working on roads overnight, as a second round of snow hits the area.

Kent Barnard, MnDOT spokesperson, answered media questions when he wasn't plowing roads himself, and says temperatures are on the agency's side this time around.

"The temperatures aren't quite as frigid as they were back in December when we had compaction on the roadways, it's working to our favor.  Salt works with these temperatures it's not sticking to the roads like it would if it were much colder ," he said.

MnDOT crews will be working 12 hours shifts, and Barnard says Monday morning rush hour is dependent on how much snow falls overnight.

In Albertville, Aaron Gustafson snowblowed his driveway in hopes to ease the morning hassle.  He must wake up at 4:30am to get to his job by 6am.

"I have to drive from Albertville to Rockford so I figure I will give it about an hour due to the ice that feell, and hope for the best," said Gustafson.

Brian Reinbold, of Otsego, avoided the roads all together, using his snowmobile to get around the area, hoping to catch some of the fresh snow on the trails.

His advice - if you avoid the freeway - your morning commute could be full speed ahead.

"Take the Northstar. It sounds like a great sick day to go snowmobiling, but that depends if my boss is watching," he said with a laugh.

Check 511mn.org for current road conditions.

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