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UPDATED 11:10 AM

News release from the North Dakota DOT:

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have opened I-29 from Fargo to the South Dakota border and ND Highway 13 from Wahpeton to I-29. South Dakota officials have opened I-29 from the North Dakota border to Watertown. All of I-29 in both states is now open.

Motorists should be advised the Travel Alert remains in effect for southeastern North Dakota. This Travel Alert includes the cities and surrounding areas of: Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo and Wahpeton. A Travel Alert means motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways.

UPDATED 10:45AM

  24 plows are working their magic in the southern valley. North Dakota Department of Transportation crews are doing what they call "gang plowing" where they stagger five plows to clear the roads as fast as possible. 

  I-29 remains closed from Fargo to Watertown, South Dakota, but crews are hoping to have the Interstate open before noon on Wednesday.

   Road conditions are less than ideal. One plow even went into the ditch off of I-29 early Wednesday morning about 15 miles north of the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

  Troopers say a few vehicles have gone around the closed barriers. At least one truck driver was cited for driving on the Interstate. It is a $250 fine for driving around the road closed barriers.

   The wind is hampering crews. Operators say the wind is blowing drifts back onto roads as soon as they clear them. They remind people that even when the Interstate opens... people will still need to use caution on the roads.

 

 

 

The Valley News Live Storm Team has declared a Severe Weather Alert Day.  The southern half of the Red River Valley region remains under a Winter Storm Warning.

School Delays/Closings:  http://www.valleynewslive.com/category/199072/delaysclosings

Business/Church Delays/Closings:

http://www.valleynewslive.com/story/17040673/business-and-church-announcements

Latest from the Storm Team:

UPDATED 5AM

Interstate 29 is closed from Fargo to Watertown, South Dakota.

From the ND DOT:

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have closed Interstate 29 from Fargo to the South Dakota border due to heavy snow, blowing snow, near zero visibility and icy conditions.

Motorists should be advised the Travel Alert remains in effect for central and eastern North Dakota. This Travel Alert includes the cities and surrounding areas of: Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Grand Forks, Fargo and Wahpeton. A Travel Alert means motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways.

Also, Interstate 29 in South Dakota remains closed from Watertown to the North Dakota border.

8:45 PM 

According to South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials, Interstate 29 in South Dakota has been closed from Watertown to the North Dakota border due to blizzard conditions. This segment of I-29 will remain closed until conditions improve and crews are able to resume winter maintenance operations.

7pm UPDATE:

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for central and eastern North Dakota as a winter storm system moves into the state from the south.

Motorists should be aware this system may create areas of heavy snow fall and blowing snow creating snow drifts, reduced visibility and icy conditions.

Based on National Weather Service forecasts, motorists should be advised travel conditions may deteriorate rapidly, resulting in no travel advised, road closures, and blocked roads overnight due to the magnitude of the storm.

Motorists are encouraged to complete travel plans early, monitor local weather forecasts, reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.

UPDATED at 1PM

NEXT STORM TUESDAY LATE DAY INTO WEDNESDAY:

WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect tonight for most parts of the Valley, except areas north of Hwy 2.  (Please click on the Alerts tab to see if your community is part of the watch).  The National Weather Service issued the Winter Storm Warning in the area previously covered by the Blizzard Watch.  Wind speeds don't quite look high enough to meet criteria for a widespread blizzard.  However, the wind will still cause, blowing, drifting, and whiteout conditions in areas.

BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect for south central North Dakota including Jamestown, LaMoure, and Ellendale, portions of west central Minnesota including Wheaton, as well as north central and northeast South Dakota. A warning means that BLIZZARD CONDITIONS are going to happen in or near the warned areas. Expect winds over 30 mph with bands of heavy snow, zero visibilities and life-threatening travel conditions.

TODAY: A Colorado Low will press in to the Upper Midwest.  This low appears to be very intense, with a good stream of moisture feeding into it.  At this time, the best chance of snowfall and wind looks to be in central and northern South Dakota, southeast North Dakota and much of northern Minnesota, with the heaviest snow amounts hitting central Minnesota/Twin Cities.  Snowfall will begin by 7 p.m. in some southern locations and push north and east overnight.  Highs near 27-34. East southeast winds shifting to northerly at 18-33 with gusts over 40 mph at times.

WEDNESDAY: Ongoing heavy morning snow bands and strong wind.  Then decreasing snowfall, ending late day.  Gradual clearing Wednesday night. Low: 14. High: 22.

TIMING:  The latest model runs are bringing the snow in a little later than previously indicated.  As of now, snow showers will begin around 9 p.m. in Fargo-Moorhead with snow starting a little sooner south, and later north.   More significant snow/wind develop in the nighttime in the southern half of the Valley.  Overnight into Wednesday morning, the snow spreads farther north toward Grand Forks and communities along Highway 2 while it continues in eastern South Dakota, southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota. The wind will be whipping the snow around.  Conditions slowly improve Wednesday after noon.

FORECAST CLOUDS & RADAR

 

SNOW TOTALS:  There is potential for a MAJOR dumping of snow in the Dakotas and Minnesota. 

  • Many areas in north central South Dakota and northeast South Dakota could get over around 7" to 1 foot of snow. 
  • Southeast North Dakota including Ellendale, Valley City, Fargo, and Lisbon and Wahpeton will all have over 6" with a good chance of heavy snowfall bands totaling 8-12".
  • Northeast North Dakota will likely have around 4-8" along and south of HWY 2. Lesser amounts in north central portion of the state near Devils Lake to Minot. Isolated portions in this area could see heavier bands totaling up to 1 Foot.
  • West Central Minnesota including Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Ada, and Wadena can expect very heavy snow of 8-12" with a few areas picking up very heavy bands of around 10-18".
  • Northwest Minnesota including Hallock, Roseau, Baudette, Crookston, Fosston, and Thief River Falls will see varying amounts of snow from 5-10" with isolated locations getting around 1 foot.
  • Central Minnesota into the Iron Range and Duluth, and Bemidji will have major snowfall to the tune of 10-24".
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