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Travel Alert issued for southeastern North Dakota

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a Travel Alert for southeastern region of North Dakota due to blowing snow causing reduced visibility and areas with near zero visibility.

Cities included in the Travel Alert are Fargo, Wahpeton, and surrounding areas. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive accordingly. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions.

We are also hearing reports of little to zero visibility on Interstate-29 near Grand Forks and on Interstate-94 between Jamestown and Fargo. The Wilkin County Sheriff's Office also put out a warning Monday afternoon advising no travel because of reduced visibility.

The NDDOT encourages all travelers 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.

NDDOT releases information to inform the public about travel conditions throughout the state. The three categories are as follows:

1. TRAVEL ALERT – Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate. 

2. NO TRAVEL ADVISED – Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snowplows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.

3. ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED – Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.

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

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