Explanation of Road Condition Terms
Note: These definitions are intended to provide information to the public regarding the status of the roads during or after winter storms. However, please remember that road conditions may change rapidly, and the status of current conditions is not always readily available. It is always important for the public to be prepared to exercise caution while driving during the winter months. Please think ahead.
Fair: This is the result of winter weather conditions, including freezing rain, sleet, snow, frost, drifting, or a mixture causing roadways to become partially or completely covered. The driver may experience periods when the roadway markings may be obscured. The surface may be slick, snow packed, and/or have rutted conditions. Moderate blowing and drifting snow along with occasional drifts may be encountered. The roadway may become difficult to navigate.
Difficult: The roadway is completely covered with precipitation. Accumulation is to the point that the roadway markings are completely obscured making it difficult to differentiate between the roadway and its surroundings. Heavy snowfall, strong winds, heavy ground drifting which reduces visibility, and freezing rain are a few examples of what may cause this condition.
Hazardous: This is a very serious roadway situation that is used when crews are still out performing snow and ice operations but the existing conditions are so treacherous that just being on the roads is dangerous. Ice covered roadways due to freezing rain and near blizzard conditions with visibilities below 1/4 mile are two examples of when this would be used. The Hazardous road condition can only be issued by authorized MnDOT District personnel.
Travel Not Advised: : The roadway has deteriorated to the point that it is very dangerous to travel. Maintenance crews are unable to keep up with the existing condition and crews may be pulled off the roadways until weather conditions improve. The "Travel Not Advised" statement can only be issued by authorized MnDOT District personnel.