I-29 re-opened after blizzard conditions force closures

The Cass County Sheriff's Dept. tweeted this photo showing near zero visibility on I-29 and Co. Rd. 20.
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WAHPETON, N.D. (Valley News Live) - (UPDATE 2:07 p.m.) - Interstate 29 from the Canadian border to South Dakota Border has officially re-opened as of 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The No Travel Advised has also been lifted for eastern North Dakota. Cities including, Fargo, Casselton, Hillsboro, Pembina, Grafton, Grand Forks, Lisbon, Forman, Wahpeton, Kindred, and surrounding areas, according to a media release.

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UPDATE: I-29 OPENED from Grand Forks to the South Dakota Border; ND Hwy 13 OPENED from I-29 to Wahpeton

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have OPENED I-29 northbound and southbound lanes from Grand Forks to the South Dakota Border and OPENED ND HWY 13 eastbound and westbound lanes from I-29 to Wahpeton. A No Travel Advisory remains in effect due to strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow, areas of zero visibility, and hazardous driving conditions.

The No Travel Advised has been LIFTED from portions of northeastern North Dakota including the cities of Cooperstown, Michigan, and Cavalier.

I-29 CLOSED from Grand Forks to the Canadian Border.

A No Travel Advised is in effect for much of eastern North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow creating areas of near-zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions. Cities included in the No Travel Advised are Fargo, Casselton, Hillsboro, Pembina, Grafton, Grand Forks, Lisbon, Forman, Wahpeton, Kindred, and surrounding areas. Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.

There is a Travel Alert in effect for Valley City, Ellendale, Edgeley and surrounding areas.

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Original: The blizzard conditions have forced another highway to close in the Red River Valley.

Hwy 13 from Interstate 29 to Wahpeton is closed due to strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow, near-zero visibility, and life-threatening driving conditions, according to North Dakota Department of Transportation.

The No Travel Advised for the south central part of North Dakota has also been lifted.

Below is the full media release:
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The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have CLOSED ND Hwy 13 from I-29 to Wahpeton due to strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow, near-zero visibility, and life-threatening driving conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists are not allowed to travel on a CLOSED roads due to life threatening conditions.

The No Travel Advised has been LIFTED from the south central part of the state including the cities of Valley City, Ellendale, Edgeley, and surrounding areas.

• I-29 CLOSED from Canadian Border to South Dakota Border.

• A No Travel Advised is in effect for much of eastern North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow creating areas of near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions. Cities included in the No Travel Advised are Fargo, Casselton, Hillsboro, Cooperstown, Michigan, Cavalier, Pembina, Grafton, Grand Forks, Lisbon, Forman, Wahpeton, Kindred, and surrounding areas. Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.

• There is a Travel Alert in effect for Valley City, Ellendale, Edgeley and surrounding areas.

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.

Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. CDT. 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.