REOPENED: Highway 371 between Nisswa and Brainerd is open

Caution is still urged when driving

Fire department uses an ATV to transport people.
The Nisswa Fire Department uses an all terrain vehicle to transport any drivers left in vehicles to a waiting school bus Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Hole-in-the-Day Drive after several crashed in the area. Blowing snow reduced visibility on Highway 371 causing white out conditions.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

NISSWA — Highway 371 between Nisswa and Brainerd reopened after being closed all afternoon Friday, Feb. 18, the State Patrol reported at 5:15 p.m.

All highway lanes were closed from Wise Road north to County Road 13 in Nisswa with detours in effect because of a multi-vehicle crash near Hole-in-the-Day Bay just south of Nisswa.

The State Patrol will continue to monitor the area and reminds motorists to slow down and use caution as wind and drifting snow continues to lessen visibility through the open area.

Safe winter driving recommendations for all motorists include:

  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
  • Turn off the cruise control.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

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