Much of the southern portion of Minnesota waking up to snow-covered and slick roads this morning after a winter storm cut across the state Monday. State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank says posted speed limits should really be thrown out the window when road conditions turn slippery.

“Speed limits are ideal for areas where the roads are great conditions to be able to travel. But just because the speed limit says what it is, doesn’t mean that you need to drive in those conditions. You may need to go slower. Those are things that you need to make sure that you’re planning for. And that’s why we say you need to give yourself extra time to get where you need to go.”

There were 168 crashes and 174 spinouts statewide from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Lt. Gordon Shank says as you head out this morning be aware of other motorists who may be in distress.

“It’s not required by law to move over for motorists in the ditch, or on the shoulder, but as a common courtesy we ask that people do that as well if they can.”

Road conditions also expected to be impacted by a short term cold snap after temperatures overnight hovered right around zero.

Shank says when you see flashing lights, give them some room.

“We also ask that if we are on the side of the road, or MNDot’s on the side of the road or even a tow driver is on the side of the road, it’s required by law to move over. If you can’t move over, you must significantly slow down until you get past that area.”