GRAND FORKS COUNTY AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA: NO TRAVEL ADVISORYThe North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the ND Highway Patrol have extended the No Travel Advisory to include north central North Dakota due to heavy snow, reduced visibility and icy conditions.
The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department has issued a No Travel Advisory as of Friday night for the county due to the slippery conditions.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the ND Highway Patrol have extended the No Travel Advisory to include north central North Dakota due to heavy snow, reduced visibility and icy conditions. The entire central region of North Dakota is now under a No Travel Advisory. This includes the following major cities and surrounding areas: Minot, Devils Lake, Bismarck, Jamestown, and Valley City. Grand Forks and Foster Counties have also issued no travel advisories.
Major highways included in the No Travel Advisory:
· I-94 from Hebron to Buffalo
· US 83 from Canadian border to the South Dakota border
· US 281 from Canadian border to the South Dakota border
· US 2 from Berthold to Lakota
Conditions are expected to deteriorate into the evening and night which will create dangerous driving conditions after dark. Motorists are encouraged to stay off the highways in the central portion of the state. Hazardous conditions will make travel dangerous.
Motorists should be advised that snow plows have been working since early morning hours and throughout the day. After dark, NDDOT snow plows will be pulled from the roads in central North Dakota and will resume operation early tomorrow as conditions allow.
A Travel Alert is in effect for the remainder of the state.
Travel Alerts - are issued to alert motorists that areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions may be encountered on roadways. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility.
No Travel Advisories - are issued when conditions warrant no travel but not a road closure. No Travel Advisories have the potential to change to a Road Closure if conditions deteriorate. No Travel Advisories are issued for public safety to encourage motorists not to venture out onto the roads. Motorists are urged to take No Travel Advisories seriously. Conditions change often during a storm event and motorists may become stranded if they are caught between destinations.
All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions, reduce traffic speeds 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. Please be advised that information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CST.
If motorists become stranded they should stay with their vehicle and call 911 for emergency assistance.