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Winter weather hits region

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Steady snowfall prompted some schools in our area to close earlier on Monday and slowed down evening commutes.

Plows in Freeborn County were out in full force for much of the day. They began plowing at 5 a.m. More than 10 snow plows and graders are making sure roads are clear in Freeborn County.

Highway Department officials are urging drivers to pay attention to plows, as they only average 25 mph.

"Lot of times we can't see you behind us. The snow blowing and stuff, you just disappear and we have no idea you're even back there. We did have one accident already this year, where a pick up ran into the back of us," said Curt Rebelein, Highway Maintenance Supervisor.

Rebelein said the county's supply of sand and salt will get them through the rest of the winter.

As for next year, he says even if local government aid is cut, the roads will still be in good driving conditions.

Plows have been pulled of Freeborn County for the remainder of the evening and will go back to work at 5 a.m. 

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