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Dec 4, 2013 at 7:47 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Drivers in the St. Cloud area found snow packed and slippery roads and highways during the morning commute Wednesday.

Snow began falling in the St. Cloud area around 3:00 a.m., and began accumulating before people headed out to work and school.

MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht tells KNSI News highways in the state were in "fair" to "difficult" driving condition Wednesday morning. 

He says snowplow operators will be out throughout the day clearing highways and laying down sand de-icing chemicals. But with sub-zero weather moving in, there is concern. Gutknecht says de-icers are less effective the colder it gets.

Gutknecht is encouraging drivers to slow down, give yourself plenty of braking distance, buckle up, and "don't crowd the plow."

The St. Cloud area is in a Winter Storm Warning until 6:00 a.m. Thursday. Northwest winds will become gusty tonight, causing some blowing and drifting snow. Then it gets very cold. Overnight lows will drop below zero by Thursday night, with daytime highs on Friday and Saturday struggling to get above zero. 

MnDOT'S Kevin Gutknecht comments on the snow-covered roads in the region

KNSI's Bob Hughes talks about his morning commute

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