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Road conditions and wind chills dangerous today

Cook County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Josh Dix reminds the public that difficult driving conditions continue this morning, December 6. Dix tells WTIP that plows are out scraping and sanding but explained it will likely take all day and into tomorrow to get everything cleaned up.

In addition to blowing snow, roads closer to the shore where temps were warmer yesterday evening are now very icy. Dix says, “Today continues to be a good day to avoid travel if possible.”

The Minnesota Department of Transportation also has its plows on the roads. There are also private plowing companies and homeowners snow blowing decks and driveways, so if you do travel be very aware of these operations.

If you are out in the weather, be sure to dress appropriately and limit exposure. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 3 degrees by 5 p.m. With winds of 15 to 20 mph and possible gusts as high as 50, frostbite is possible. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Stay safe and warm everyone!