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PLOW PERSPECTIVE: View from behind the blade

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It's one thing to look at the maps of the snow-congested freeway system, but being out in the thick of it is another -- and that's especially true for the people behind the wheels of the plows clearing the way.

Justin Nelson, a Hennepin County plow driver who has seen a lot from his perch, told Fox 9 News that he has cleared a lot of miles this winter, but Thursday's storm was different.

"Where I just plowed, you can't even tell I was there," he said. "It's coming down that fast."

The swiftly falling snow has been especially problematic for commuters, many of whom are impatient.

"The biggest challenge for me is people not running into me," Nelson quipped.

That threat is real. Although Nelson hasn't been hit, he has seen a lot of cars slide around in storms like the one that swept through the metro on Thursday.

"People just keep flying," he said. "They just don't want to slow down. So, a lot of them slide into each other."

To keep ahead of the snow, Nelson often rides in tandem with another truck so they can clear out more snow as a team.

"It's kind of fun sometimes when you can see the snow flying off your plow," Nelson said. "We kind of like that."

Yet, when the snow falls fast, it can be hard for the plows to keep up no matter how many are out on the roads. That's why Nelson has a piece of winter driving advice he'd like to share.

"Stay home," he urged. "Definitely stay home. It's going to be crazy."

Those who do need to go out despite the snow are being urged to use extra caution around on-ramps and off-ramps, since they tend to ice over quicker.

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