Some veteran Minnesota State Patrol troopers are reporting that conditions are as bad as they have seen in 25 years. The situation has prompted all State Patrol command staff to suspend their daily duties and provide assistance on state highways. The Minnesota State Patrol is advising no travel throughout much of the state.

We’re receiving reports from veteran troopers in several areas of the state of conditions that are as bad as they’ve seen in 25 years,” said State Patrol Lt. Col. Matt Langer. “We need motorists to avoid traveling unless it’s absolutely necessary. It is simply too dangerous right now and MnDOT needs room to clear the roads of snow and ice.

The State Patrol expects road conditions to remain treacherous for the next several days. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has its plows out on state roadways clearing snow and applying sand and salt.

Motorists who need to travel are advised to give plows room to work and to slow down when encountering plows. Motorists also are reminded that as temperatures drop, ice may form and create slippery spots. Bridges also may become slippery.