Central Minnesota woke up to a winter wonderland.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight tonight and then turns into a windchill warning through Friday at noon. We are looking at another 4-8 inches of snowfall before all is said and done.

While you are clearing out your driveway, make sure you're not breaking any Minnesota snow removal laws.

According the Minnesota Statute 160.2715, "(a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors, and utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract, and except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful to:

(1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon and (b) Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor."

In simpler terms, it is illegal to push snow across the road or into the street to get it out of your driveway. A violation of this law is considered a misdemeanor and can land you 90 days in jail and a fine of $1000.

Plowing snow into roads can create drainage issues, slippery patches, ice bumps and more. Be cautious of where your snow is piling up this winter, and brush up on St. Cloud specific snow removal laws here.

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