Strong winds are expected to continue into this evening and overnight in south-central Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning drivers to take extra precautions.

District 7’s Rebecca Arndt says strong winds will create snow drifts, reduced visibility and continued icy conditions through the evening and overnight.

Snowplow drivers in the Mankato and Windom areas have been out pushing back drifts and attending to icy patches since early this morning but Arndt says some of these drifts return shortly after the trucks make a pass.

She says plow drivers will work into the early evening and then report back to work early in the morning.

For those that will be driving, Arndt suggest they be sure to check car batteries, fuel levels and MnDOT road conditions at before traveling.