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Winter is coming: Heavy snow, wintery mix possible Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning potential drivers this weekend to plan ahead for a severe winter storm on Dec. 1, 2018

The National Weather Service anticipates chances of freezing rain, up to six inches of snow and winds gusting to 35 mph in southeastern Minnesota beginning Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

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"We are tracking the weather information as it develops and we will be ready across southeast Minnesota," said Drew Fischbach, maintenance superintendent in MnDOT District 6 East. "We encourage motorists to prepare for winter weather conditions to be sure their drive is safe and uneventful."

In District 6, there are 102 snowplows in the 11-county area that will deploy two shifts of drivers working 12-hour shifts throughout the weekend.

MnDOT asks that drivers stay alert for snow plows, stay at least 10 car lengths back from snow plows, slow down, turn headlights on, wear your seatbelt and to not drive distracted.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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