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Icy Roads Across Northern Valley

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  It's been a dangerous day on the highways for many people across the northern valley.

  A travel alert remains in effect from Jamestown and Valley City to Grand Forks and across much of northeastern North Dakota and into northwestern Minnesota.

  The Department of Transportation travel alert means you can still travel, but you may encounter areas of winter driving conditions.

  The problem is that freezing rain has turned sidewalks and highways into ice skating rinks.

   This is the Highway 2 rest area, 20 miles west of Grand Forks, where the heaviest ice started and stretched out west and north.

Larry Horstman, Minot: "Coming from Minot, North Dakota going to Fargo."

Reporter: "What were the highways like around Devils Lake?"

Horstman: "They were horrible. It was pretty much like driving on a pure sheet of ice. No, I didn't see any cars in the ditch. No accidents either.. But there were people sliding around when you got into town, even though we were doing twenty."

 Snowplows were out scraping away and sanding. But, drivers say you just don't know when you're going to hit an icy stretch of road.

 Jeff Fontaine, Grand Forks: "And it was slick. There was a semi almost jack-knifed on Highway 2 up there by the Petersburg overpass. It's just slick out there."

   It wasn't the type of freezing rain that was building up on power lines and trees in this area. So, at least at this point, that wasn't a problem.

  However, where ever you're headed in northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota, you'll need to be very careful tonight, as our wet roads can quickly turn dangerous as the temperature falls.

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