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Blowing snow causing tough travel conditions in open areas

Photo by Sgt. Jesse Grabow in Moorhead on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
Photo by Sgt. Jesse Grabow in Moorhead on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.(Minnesota State Patrol)
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 1:08 PM CST
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The road conditions quickly changed throughout the day on Tuesday as gusty winds started to blow the snow around. Even in areas where fresh snow isn’t falling, blizzard conditions are being experienced.

Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow tweeted a picture of three vehicles that went off the road at exit 2 in Moorhead on Tuesday afternoon. This is just one example of how conditions may seem okay in town, but as soon as you get out of town, they deteriorate almost immediately.

Valley News Live is also receiving reports that visibility is poor on I-94 west of Fargo, I-29 both north and south of Fargo, and in open areas along Highway 10 in Clay County. Sgt. Grabow says state troopers in west central Minnesota are seeing similar conditions.

Highway 210 was closed by MnDOT on Tuesday afternoon due to dangerous conditions. Troopers report pulling many vehicles out of ditches and medians, saying the roads were “glare ice” and visibility was close to zero in some spots where snow was blowing across the roadway.

As the Valley News Live First Alert Storm Team predicted, conditions quickly deteriorated Tuesday afternoon as the winds picked up, especially in open country. On and off ramps to interstates are also ice-covered due to blowing snow.

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