UPDATE: I-94 Between Bismarck and Jamestown Reopened - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

UPDATE: I-94 Between Bismarck and Jamestown Reopened

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It may not look like it in towns, but once you get out into the open it's bad out there.

Blowing snow and poor visibility prompted the North Dakota Department of Transportation to issue "No Travel" advisories for several major roads.  I-94 was closed from Jamestown to Bismarck for much of the day on Thursday, but was re-opened during the afternoon hours.

A travel alert is still in effect for the area. Motorists should be advised that conditions between Sterling and Jamestown consist of areas of scattered ice and blowing snow creating reduced visibility. Motorists may come upon these areas unexpectedly and are advised to reduce speeds. A Travel Alert means motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging driving conditions on roadways. 

The following travel warnings are still in effect: A No Travel Advisory is in effect for the northeastern region of North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow creating areas of near zero visibility. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory are Devils Lake, Grand Forks, and areas north of I-94 north of Jamestown, Valley City and Fargo. Conditions are such that motorists in these areas should not travel.

Plows have been temporarily pulled in the Grand Forks and surrounding area due to zero visibility and will resume operations when it is safe to do so.

A Travel Alert is in effect for areas east of Bismarck and south of I-94 south of Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, including Wahpeton and surrounding areas due to snow and blowing snow creating areas of scattered ice and reduced visibility.

In Minnesota the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 east of Alexandria were closed for a few hours on Thursday after jackknifed semis were blocking the roadway between Alexandria and Osakis.

The semis are now cleared and as of 1:20 p.m. the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Osakis have reopened to traffic.  Driving conditions remain difficult in the Alexandria, Moorhead and Fergus Falls areas due to strong winds, blowing snow and scattered slippery areas.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

MnDOT has also reopened Highway 2 from East Grand Forks to Erskine, and Highway 200 from the North Dakota border to Ada but says road conditions remain difficult to hazardous in many areas.

Keep updated at: http://www.valleynewslive.com/weather

All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov.  

For updated information on road conditions in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

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


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