The National Weather Service in Duluth reported that Brainerd should expect additional snow accumulation of 2-4 inches Wednesday that will pile onto the already fallen snow from Tuesday night.
As of 6:08 a.m. Wednesday, there was 6.5 inches of snow reported three miles north of Brainerd; 7.5 inches in Fort Ripley as of 8:23 a.m.; and 3.5 inches of snow in Nisswa at 8:36 a.m. Unofficial measurements from north Brainerd at 7 a.m. reported 8 inches.
Temperatures Wednesday in Brainerd will be a high of 27, with a chance of precipitation at 90 percent. The winds are expected to be 15-20 mph.
According to a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release, driving conditions throughout west central Minnesota remain extremely hazardous due to icy roads, limited visibility and blowing and drifting snow. Motorists are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary and should use extreme caution and slow down when traveling.
MnDOT reminded motorists to be patient while snowplow operators work to improve driving conditions.
During a storm motorists should:
• Check road conditions: Go to www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
• Be patient: Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
• Stay back: At least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud; snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
• Stay alert: Snowplows turn or exit frequently and often with little warning; they may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
• Slow down: Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.