Fargo, ND--- The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a No Travel Advisory in the northeast region of North Dakota due to heavy snow and high winds causing near-zero visibility, icy roads, and hazardous driving conditions.
The No Travel Advisory includes the cities of Grand Forks, Drayton, Grafton, Pembina, Cooperstown, and surrounding areas.
A No Travel Advisory means motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Motorists should take No Travel Advisories seriously.
As a reminder, a Travel Alert remains in place for Jamestown, Valley City, Ellendale, Towner, Devils Lake, Carrington, and surrounding areas.
There are three categories you should familiarize yourself with:
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.