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Published December 16, 2013, 11:01 AM

Travel alert issued for eastern North Dakota

A travel alert has been issued for all of eastern North Dakota, while difficult driving conditions are being reported throughout northwestern Minnesota after a snow system that passed through the Red River Valley overnight left drifts and slippery roads in its wake.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

A travel alert has been issued for all of eastern North Dakota, while difficult driving conditions are being reported throughout northwestern Minnesota after a snow system that passed through the Red River Valley overnight left drifts and slippery roads in its wake.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is urging caution as drivers are likely to experience snow-covered roadways and reduced visibility this morning.

Cities included in the North Dakota travel alert are Drayton, Grand Forks, Fargo, Wahpeton and surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota State Patrol reported several vehicle spin-outs on state highways and roads in Polk County this morning.

The band of snow that moved eastward through the valley overnight and early today is expected to bring about 1 to 2 inches of snow to central Minnesota this morning, with some winds causing drifting snow on east-west highways, according to the a report from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Westerly winds are expected to increase this afternoon, with gusts of 20 to 25 mph in the northern valley that will result in snow drifting, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will rise to the upper 20s and possibly into the low 30s this afternoon in parts of the valley, which likely will result in some melting of snow on roadways. As snow drifts across the melted areas, black ice could develop, which could result in slick conditions, according to the weather service.

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