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ROCHESTER: MnDot gears up for snow

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- With more snow on the way, Minnesota snowplow drivers are gearing up for the weekend, and the state patrol is reminding all of us to stay safe as roads get slippery.

MnDot has two shifts with 13 snowplow drivers each for the Rochester area Friday night.

Officials are reminding drivers that snow plows drive a little slower and to give them room on the road and avoid passing.

The Minnesota State Patrol is also warning drivers to be more careful on the road.

"Leave that extra time," said Lieutenant Christina Krueger. "Clean your windshield, windows off of the vehicle. Buckle up. Lights on so everyone around you can see you, and slow down -- that's the most important thing."

If you do get in an accident or go into the ditch, Krueger says the best thing to do is stay in your car. If you went in the ditch in a slippery spot, it's possible someone else could slide in too and hit you.

If you see an accident, pull over to a safe spot and call 911.

This is also a good time to stock your car with winter safety kits. Make sure you have some food and water, blankets, flashlight, batteries and anything you would need to stay warm and safe in an emergency.

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