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Frigid weather causing icy conditions across southeastern Minnesota

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Because of Wednesday's rain and moisture that quickly froze on our roads overnight, MnDOT is reporting "fair" driving conditions on most area highways Thursday morning, with scattered slippery spots and icy patches.

These frozen road conditions can make for tough driving...especially for those who like to coast down area highways with their cruise control set. And, in these icy conditions, that's something officials say not to do.

Even lesser storms have produced cruise control issues.

"I've had a crash already where somebody was on the Interstate with cruise control on in icy conditions. That first little weather event we had. They ended up going off the road and rolling their vehicle," said Trooper David Hanson, of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Hanson said many people's first reaction when they start to lose control is to hit the brakes and slow the car down, taking it off cruise control. But that's a bad idea.

"If you do hit an icy patch the best thing to do is let off the accelerator and just let your car go through it, coast through it," Hanson said. "And, if you're on a cruise control the car might not do that it may increase your chances of spinning out or getting into a crash."

Officials say that overpasses, bridges, and ramps are all places that could be the slickest Thursday morning.

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