When a messy storm hits the Northland, like the one we're experiencing this week with a tricky mixture of rain, ice and snow, it can be very difficult to keep track of current road conditions.

When there is a storm in progress, you'll often find people reaching out on Facebook or other social media asking how the roads are in a particular part of the area. While networking with others can be very beneficial, the National Weather Service in Duluth wanted to remind everyone that updated road conditions in both Minnesota and Wisconsin are always at your fingertips.

The reached out through their Facebook page Tuesday afternoon to remind everyone of the handy resources that are available:

Are you interested in knowing what the current road conditions are like before heading out? Both Minnesota and Wisconsin have you covered! Our friends at MNDOT and WisDOT maintain websites that provide current road conditions as well as additional road-related resources. Stay safe when traveling!

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In Minnesota, you'll find updated road conditions via 511Mn.org while Wisconsin road conditions can be found at 511Wi.gov.

I've personally utilized both sites when weather interfered with my travel plans and I 've also used them to help family members who were already out on the road and sensed that conditions may be worsening.

Both are interactive maps that not only give you the conditions of the roads, but also if there are accidents on the roads and other information that can come in very handy to other motorists.

With the current Northland storm persisting into tonight, with the dreaded mixed precipitation expected to continue in certain areas, it may be best to just stay home. However, if you do need to travel, make sure to keep track of road conditions and let others know your travel plans.

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