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UPDATE! Winter Weather Travel Alerts

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All no-travel advisories have been lifted.

 

 


 

 

With snowy and icy conditions on the roads, which MNDOT is describing as "difficult," it seems many people are staying in, and those who do venture out are taking it slow this morning; the Sheriff's Departments for Fargo, Grand Forks, and Detroit Lakes all say it's been "pretty quiet," with no serious accidents to report.

 

Still, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to reduce speeds and drive according to conditions.

 

 


 

DETROIT LAKES  Minn. – (12:15 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol have opened westbound Interstate 94 from Alexandria to Fergus Falls. A crash blocked the westbound lanes Friday evening.

 

     Driving conditions along I-94 from Moorhead to the Alexandria area remain difficult due to ice, and motorists should still use extreme caution when traveling. MnDOT crews will be out overnight and tomorrow working to improve driving conditions.

The majority of snowplow crashes take place during "clean up" when motorists resume their normal speeds.

 

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NORTH DAKOTA

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a statewide Travel Alert through Saturday morning ahead of what looks to be a big weekend storm.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Watch for western and central North Dakota late Thursday through Saturday morning and a Freezing Rain Advisory for southeast North Dakota Thursday through Friday afternoon, at which time changing to a Winter Storm Watch.

NWS forecasts show the potential for mixed rain and snow and freezing rain to impact the state Thursday night, and that could create hazardous road conditions.  The storm system is expected for areas of the state to receive heavy snow, winds, near blizzard conditions, and dangerous wind chills.

For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov.  The road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. The road report is based upon the information available to the NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported.

NDDOT reminds motorists to use the following safety tips if traveling during this storm:

  • "Know Before You Go" by checking road conditions BEFORE you travel. Check the Travel Information Map or call 511.
  • Turn on your lights. This will increase your visibility to other motorists and snowplow operators. Brush snow from your car that could cover your tail lights.
  • Slow down and drive according to the conditions. Most winter crashes are caused by driving too fast for conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
  • Never drive through "white-outs" or "snow fog" caused by cross winds or plowing snow. Wait until you can see.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow fog and any sanding material being spread; snowplow operators will turn off the sander, pull over, or raise the plow for better visibility when it is safe to do so to allow traffic to pass.
  • Be patient. Allow more time to get to your destination. Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Know where the plow is on multi-lane roadways. The plow could be in either lane or on the shoulder.
  • Be extremely cautious when passing a snowplow. They can be moved sideways by drifts and hard snow pack.
  • Watch for plow trucks on interstate ramps and "authorized vehicle only" cross-overs.
  • Don't assume that you'll have good traction because the road looks sanded. The sand can sink into the snow pack, leaving a slick surface.
  • Never use cruise control on wet or icy roadways.

If you become stranded, motorists should stay with their vehicle and call 911 for emergency assistance.

 

MINNESOTA

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises drivers to be extremely careful on the roads as a mix of winter weather is on its way. Drivers in west central Minnesota should prepare for the possibility of difficult driving conditions tonight through the weekend.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  •  Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

 For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.  For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511. 

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