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UPDATED 10:15am MONDAY, JANUARY 3

       (From Gov's Press Office)    BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Jack Dalrymple today expressed his utmost appreciation to all official and volunteer emergency responders who rescued motorists stranded in major storms last week and during the New Year's weekend.

             "Reports indicate that the responses to these major storms saved lives, and all of the people who gave of their time, and put their own safety in jeopardy deserve our gratitude and support," Dalrymple said.

             The North Dakota Highway Patrol, sheriff departments from Cass County and other counties throughout eastern North Dakota, other law enforcement agencies and fire departments were among the many responding organizations that rescued more than 50 people who were involved in car accidents or became stranded during winter storms that struck the region.

             Dalrymple also commended the North Dakota Department of Transportation and county and city road crews for their timely response and diligence in clearing roads for travel.

UPDATED- 11:00 AM SUNDAY, JANUARY 2

North Dakota officials have reopened Interstate 94 from Jamestown to Fargo and Interstate 29 from the South Dakota border to Grand Forks.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol also lifted the no travel advisory for the southeastern portion of the state.

Blizzard conditions over the New Year's holiday had closed many portions of the state's interstates.

UPDATED - 9:10PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— (8:45 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol advise motorists that Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Alexandria will be closed until Sunday.

I-94 closed Friday at 4 p..m. for the safety of the traveling public. The highway will remain closed until conditions improve, snowplows have had a chance to clear the highway for safe travel and Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol open the roads.

Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

UPDATED - 4:20PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— (4:15 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will open the following highways at 5 p.m.:

  • Highway 10 from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes
  • Highway 210 from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls
  • Highway 28 from Browns Valley to Westport

Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Alexandria will remain closed until further notice. Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol will continue to monitor road conditions on I-94 to determine when the road is safe enough to open to the traveling public.

Please note that current driving conditions on Highways 10, 210 and 28 are still difficult to poor and roads are not in "good" condition by any means. Blowing and drifting snow and icy areas continue to cause dangerous driving conditions and reduced visibility. Motorists still need to use extreme caution when traveling throughout the entire west central Minnesota area, especially after dark.

Mn/DOT reminds motorists to slow down and be patient while snowplow operators work to improve driving conditions. This is extremely important as the majority of snowplow crashes take place during "clean up" when motorists feel they can resume their normal speeds.

UPDATED - 4:00PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has OPENED I-29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian Border.

I-94 remains CLOSED from Jamestown to Fargo as well as I-29 from the South Dakota border to Grand Forks. Given the status of the cleanup and the current conditions, these segments of the interstate are expected to remain closed into Sunday. The roadway continues to be impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road.

The No Travel Advisory has been LIFTED for Grand Forks, Drayton, Cavalier and surrounding areas.

A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for eastern North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory include: Casselton, Fargo, Wahpeton, Hillsboro, and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert is in effect for Grand Forks, areas east of Bismarck, Steele, Napoleon, Linton, Flasher, Selfridge, Valley City, Jamestown, Edgeley and surrounding areas. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility.

UPDATED - 1:00PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has OPENED US Highway 2 from Devils Lake to Grand Forks.

UPDATED - 12:00PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has OPENED I-94 from Bismarck to Jamestown.

I-94 remains CLOSED from Jamestown to Fargo as well as I-29 from the South Dakota border to Grand Forks. Given the status of the cleanup and the current conditions, these segments of the interstate are expected to remain closed into Sunday. The roadway continues to be impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road.

At this time, I- 29 remains closed from Grand Forks to the Canadian border, as well as US Highway 2 from Grand Forks to Devils Lake. These segments are expected to open later today.   

The No Travel Advisory has been LIFTED for Steele, Napoleon, Linton, Valley City, Jamestown, Edgeley and surrounding areas.

A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for eastern North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory include: Casselton, Fargo, Wahpeton, Hillsboro, Grand Forks, Drayton, Cavalier  and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert is now in effect for areas east of Bismarck, Steele, Napoleon, Linton, Flasher, Selfridge, Valley City, Jamestown, Edgeley and surrounding areas. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility.

UPDATED - 11:15AM SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

I-29 north and south out of Fargo and I-94 west out of Fargo will not open until at least tomorrow (Sunday).  Crews say the strong winds and severe drifting are preventing them from clearing roads as are people who go around barricades and get stuck.

Emergency crews are removing ten cars and trucks that got stuck on I-29 near Argusville.  Plows cannot clear the road until the cars are removed.

The North Dakota DOT and State Patrol are urging people not to go around barricades.

UPDATED - 8:45AM SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— (8:15 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol advise no travel in west central Minnesota due to blowing and drifting snow causing reduced visibility and dangerous road conditions. They also remind motorists that the following roads are still closed:

  • Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria
  • Highway 10 from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes
  • Highway 210 from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls
  • Highway 28 from Browns Valley to Westport

The highways closed Friday at 4 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice. The highways will remain closed until conditions improve, snow plows have had a chance to clear roads for travel again, and Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol open the roads.

Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

UPDATED - 9:40PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has closed US Highway 2 from Devils Lake to Grand Forks due to blowing snow resulting in near zero visibility. Roads are closed when conditions create a life-threatening danger to motorists. The roadway is impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road. Motorists should obey road closures, even when a sign or a gate is not present.

Other road closures and notices in effect for North Dakota and surrounding states:

  • I-94 is closed from Bismarck to Fargo
  • I-29 is closed from South Dakota border to Canadian border

UPDATED - 8:40PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has closed an additional portion of I-94 from Bismarck to Jamestown. At this time I-94 is closed from Bismarck to Fargo. In addition, the portion of I-29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border is also closed, resulting in all of I-29 in North Dakota closed due to blowing snow resulting in near zero visibility  

UPDATED - 2:45PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will once again close Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria and Highway 10 from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes at 4 p.m. due to hazardous road conditions. The highways will remain closed until further notice.  In addition, Hwy210 from Fergus Falls to Breckenridge will also be closed.  Motorists are encouraged to please check for updated information on Minnesota road conditions, call 511 or log on to www.511mn.org.Please do not call the Minnesota State Patrol.  Dispatchers are busy taking emergency calls and relaying troopers, and other emergency personal to calls for services such as crashes. 

UPDATED - 1:20PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

The West Fargo Street Department and Police Department would like to remind residents that ALL vehicles need to be moved off snow emergency routes. Vehicles left on snow emergency routes will be impounded. Also vehicles stuck on City Streets need to be moved or also risk being impounded. City crews are working to keep snow emergency routes open.

UPDATED - 10:30AM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will open Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Alexandria and Highway 10 between Moorhead and Detroit Lakes at 10:30 a.m.

Current driving conditions in west central Minnesota are still extremely difficult. Blowing and drifting snow and icy areas continue to cause reduced visibility and dangerous driving conditions. Motorists still need to use extreme caution when traveling throughout west central Minnesota.

Another storm system is forecasted to move into west central Minnesota this afternoon and motorists can expect deteriorating road conditions later this afternoon through Saturday morning. Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol will continue to monitor road conditions and, depending on the severity of the next forecasted storm, will determine whether roads will need to be closed later today.

UPDATED - 10:00AM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

No travel is advised this morning in eastern North Dakota/west central Minnesota.  Crews are having trouble clearing roads because of stuck vehicles.  If you got caught driving on closed roads, you could face fines.

UPDATED - 7:00PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30

Interstate 94, Highway 10 to close at 7 p.m.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— (6:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will close Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria and Highway 10 from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes at 7 p.m. due to hazardous road conditions. The highways will remain closed until further notice.

Snow plows will be pulled from all area state highways and interstates in Mahnomen, Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Otter Tail, Traverse, Grant, Douglas, Big Stone, Stevens, Pope and Swift counties. Motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve and Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol open the roads.

Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

UPDATED - 4:00PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30

I-29 closed from SD border to Grand Forks; plows being pulled in south central and eastern part of state due to areas of zero visibility

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has CLOSED I-29 both northbound and southbound roadways from the South Dakota border to Grand Forks due to high winds causing near zero visibility. Conditions are such that they are creating a life-threatening danger to motorists. The roadway is impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road.

South Dakota Department of Transportation has also closed I-29 from the North Dakota border to Brookings. For more information on South Dakota road conditions go to www.safetravelusa.com.

Other road closures and notices issued by NDDOT:

DDOT snowplows will be pulled from the roads at dark due to areas of zero visibility in Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Wahpeton, Hillsboro, and Grand Forks areas. The plows will resume operation early tomorrow morning if conditions are safe to be out.

I-94 closed on both eastbound and westbound roadways from Jamestown to Fargo due to high winds causing near zero visibility along with glare ice conditions. Conditions are such that they are creating a life-threatening danger to motorists. The roadway is impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road.

No Travel Advisory in effect for the south central and eastern portion of the state due to high winds causing blowing snow and areas of near zero visibility. Motorists should be advised that roadways may be reduced to a single lane or become blocked by snow drifts at structures and sheltered areas..

Cities affected by the No Travel Advisory include: East of Bismarck, Flasher, Selfridge, Fort Yates, Linton, Napoleon, Steele, Jamestown, Valley City, Edgeley, Ellendale, Devils Lake, Carrington, Rugby, Rolla, Langdon, Casselton, Fargo, Wahpeton, Hillsboro, Grand Forks, Drayton, Cavalier, and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert is in effect for central North Dakota through Saturday morning. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel, but may experience hazardous winter driving conditions due to high winds causing blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility. Motorists should be advised that snow drifts may be encountered at structures and sheltered areas and are encouraged to reduce speeds.

Cities affected by the Travel Alert include: Minot, Devils Lake, west of Bismarck and surrounding areas.

UPDATED - 1:45PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30

I-94 closed from Jamestown to Fargo; No Travel Advisory issued for I-29 from SD border to Canadian border and south eastern North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has CLOSED I-94 both eastbound and westbound roadways from Jamestown to Fargo due to high winds causing near zero visibility along with glare ice conditions. Conditions are such that they are creating a life-threatening danger to motorists. The roadway is impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road.

No Travel is advised on I-29 from the South Dakota border to the Canadian border. NDDOT has also issued a No Travel Advisory for the eastern portion of the state due to high winds causing blowing snow and areas of near zero visibility.

Cities affected by the No Travel Advisory include: Linton, Napoleon, Steele, Jamestown, Valley City, Edgeley, Ellendale, Casselton, Fargo, Wahpeton, Hillsboro, Grand Forks, Drayton, Cavalier, and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert remains in effect for central North Dakota through Saturday morning. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel, but may experience hazardous winter driving conditions due to high winds causing blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility. Motorists should be advised that snow drifts may be encountered at structures and sheltered areas and are encouraged to reduce speeds.

Cities affected by the Travel Alert include: Minot, Devils Lake, Bismarck and surrounding areas.

 

UPDATED - 12:35PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has temporarily closed I-94 eastbound lanes between Mapleton and Raymond, approximately 10 miles west of Fargo, due to a traffic incident. Traffic will be detoured at the Mapleton Exit Ramp onto ND Highway 10 until the area has been cleared.  

UPDATE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010

Bruce Nord with the North Dakota Highway Department says even his guys are having a tough time out on the roads this morning. Thirty-five sanders headed out on state roads at 4 a.m. and Nord says his Fargo crew didn't make it too far out of town before turning around because of poor visibility -- they got as far as County Road 20 to the north and the I-94 construction project just west of West Fargo. Those guys are focusing right now on sanding highways with the city limits, and will be heading further out when conditions allow.

  Crews down in Forman and Lidgerwood are also fighting high winds and poor visibility, as well as freezing rain that's making roads even worse around Sargent and Richland counties.

  Nord says they're throwing down sand when and where they can, but plow drivers are suggesting motorists hold off on travel for a bit if possible, but if you do have to drive: slow way down and turn off your cruise control. Highway speeds are down to about 10-15 miles per hour.

Another feel for how bad roads are: one of Bruce Nord's supervisors hit the ditch near Amenia, and he's someone who really knows how roads can get in the winter -- that's how bad it is out there.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010

No Travel Advisory issued for north central North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a No Travel Advisory for the north central portion of North Dakota due to heavy snow and blowing snow causing areas of zero visibility. No Travel Advisories are issued when conditions warrant no travel but not a road closure. No Travel Advisories have the potential to change to a Road Closure if conditions deteriorate.

Cities affected by the No Travel Advisory include: Minot, Kenmare, Bottineau, Harvey, Garrison and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert remains in effect for the Dickinson, Bismarck and Devils Lake areas due to snow and blowing snow causing reduced visibility. Motorists should be advised that snow drifts may be encountered at structures and sheltered areas and are encouraged to reduce speeds.

Cities affected by the Travel Alert include: Bismarck, Glen Ullin, Flasher, Linton, Napoleon, Steele, Center, McClusky, Devils Lake, Rolla, Langdon, Carrington and surrounding areas.

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