I-29 Opening at 12:00

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(Valley News Live) UPDATE:

I-29 is re-opening at noon.
DOT officials confirm to Valley News Live, they are reopening the interstate.

It was closed Wednesday night due to blizzard conditions.

Original Story
New information on a major overnight road closure during this rough weather: The North Dakota transportation department early Thursday morning extended the I-29 closure from Fargo all the way up to the Canadian border because of considerable drifting snow, ice and near-zero visibility. Fargo to Grand Forks was closed just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Road blocks are up and North Dakota transportation officials say the stretch is closed because of life-threatening conditions.

The Valley Today's traffic reporter Al Aamodt talked with DOT officials, who said it took them two hours to drive from Fargo to Hillsboro Thursday morning, and that conditions get even worse starting near Grandin.

Officials expect it'll be about 9:30 a.m. before any areas on I-29 that are closed will begin to re-open.

The rest of the northern valley isn't much better: There's a "no travel advisory" for northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Cities within these trouble spots include Devils Lake, Langdon, Grand Forks and Hillsboro in North Dakota and East Grand Fork, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Lancaster and Breckenridge in Minnesota.

Areas in the southern valley are under a "travel alert" for changing conditions and include Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas.