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Douglas County Sheriff: Don't travel tonight

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen is advising no unnecessary travel this evening and overnight.

Visibility is expected to decrease as the winds increase this evening making driving very difficult in Douglas County.

Public Works plows will complete their work Thursday at 4 p.m. and return to duty at 4 a.m. Friday. 

"I've been patrolling the area roads this afternoon and the increasing winds are already impacting the ability to travel safely," said Wolbersen. "Conditions are expected to get worse tonight with wind gusts up to 31 mph, so if you don’t absolutely have to drive, please don’t."

Friday morning the windchill is expected to be as low as -40 degrees which will also make for dangerous driving conditions.

If you must travel, have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should contain:

--Extra warm clothes, hat and boots

--Blanket

--Flashlight

--Cell phone charger

--Bottled water

--Bright cloth

Motorists should have a full tank of gas. If you become stranded, stay inside your vehicle and call for assistance. Make sure your tailpipe is clear of snow.

If you are injured and need assistance from authorities, call 911.

If you do not have a cell phone, hang a bright cloth in your window to indicate you need assistance.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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