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Road Conditions Getting Worse

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What started as sleet and ice quickly turned into flakes. That mixture was too much for some Valley drivers who have found themselves in the ditch.

The roads are slick and getting worse.

Lanes have slowed several times on Interstate 94 in the Fargo-Moorhead area and east. There have been several cars going off the roads.

Valley News Team's Brandon Clark rode with Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Monday afternoon as the freezing rain and snow was starting to fall.

It did not take long to find cars in the ditch.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to slow down, but also, keep their eyes on others around them.

Grabow says, "You might be one of the better drivers out here, but you are sharing the roadway with people that are making poor choices whether it's driving too fast, distracted driving, whatever it's gonna be."

He says by 5 p.m. nearly 90 crashes have happened Monday and 75 cars had gone in the ditch.

Grabow says this mild winter is a lot like last year where there have only been a few snow or rain occurrences, so crashes add up in a hurry.

"There is a learning curve when it comes to driving in winter conditions, but again if people would just take their time, allow a little more time for that travel, chances are they'd be just fine and they wouldn't find themselves in the ditch or involved in a crash," says Grabow.

Always be sure to look at the road conditions before you drive. There is a Travel Alert for southeast North Dakota with icy conditions and snow.

If you want to check the road conditions, you can find both North Dakota and Minnesota on our website.

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