News release: Hennepin County prepares for winter storm

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Hennepin County prepares for winter storm

With heavy snow and dangerously cold temps forecasted tonight and this weekend, Hennepin County will be out plowing and de-icing more than 2,200 lane miles or roads.

Transportation crews have been out since early this morning clearing county roads with 66 plows hitting the streets since 2 a.m.

Plow drivers help people continue getting where they need to go. This is a big job in the county. Hennepin County has a quarter of Minnesota’s population – more than 1.2 million residents and half of all jobs in the Twin Cities metro region are located in Hennepin County. 

As county, city and state plows work to clear the roads please stay back and give them plenty of room to do their jobs. As temperatures plummet, it will impact roads. It is difficult to melt snow in extreme cold. 

The Minnesota State Patrol advises no travel as the storm approaches. However, if motorists must be on the roads, they should allow for extra time to get to their destination.

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