White out conditions strand travelers on roads

Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 6:13 PM CST
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Most of the roads that were closed earlier have reopened. That includes Interstate 29 and 19th Avenue North in Fargo. Earlier, conditions were brutal, leaving some people stranded, and other drivers in the ditch.

Jack-knifed semis, cars pulled off on exit ramps and a pure white sight.

"Oh, look at that wind going and going and going and blowing and blowing and blowing," said Debbie Howard from West Fargo.

For Debbie Howard, her journey stayed within the metro, but she seemed to sum up what most drivers felt while on the road.

"It was very scary, and there were people that shouldn't be out in their little cars," said Howard.

"We responded to a number of crashes and other calls for service, fortunately, no real injuries," said Sergeant Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol.

Authorities were kept busy. In Kittson County, a semi flipped in the ditch along Highway 75. No one was injured, but it wasn't the only semi crash.

There was another on I-94, 15 miles outside of Moorhead.

"Slow it down, drive for the conditions, be ready for anything that could happen," said Sergeant Jesse Grabow.

They say at any second you can go from the road to the ditch.

"Turn your lights on," said Howard. "Don't be in such a big hurry. Nothing you need to get there that fast for."

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