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Published December 15, 2010, 04:39 PM

Snow Totals Near A Foot in Devils Lake; Area Still Under Travel Alert

The NDDOT has issued a No Travel Advisory for the Devils Lake area due to heavy snow causing snow covered roads with heavy snow drifts and areas of near zero visibility. Plows are being pulled from the roads after being out all day.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

Snow totals have been reported by the Highway Patrol and National Weather Service as nearing the 12 inch mark as of Wednesday evening.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) issued a No Travel Advisory for the Devils Lake area due to heavy snow causing snow covered roads with heavy snow drifts and areas of near zero visibility.

A Travel Alert remains in effect for the northwest and central portions of North Dakota through Thursday morning.

Areas north and east of Bismarck including the cities of Linton, Napolean, McClusky, Steele, Medina, and surrounding areas are receiving heavy snow. Roads are snow covered with compacted snow causing icy conditions.

Williston and areas south of Minot continue to experience icy conditions in some areas and changing temperatures may change wet roads to ice overnight.

NDDOT snow plows have been working throughout the day, therefore snow plows have been pulled from the roads at this time in the Devils Lake and east of Bismarck area. The plows will resume operation early tomorrow morning. Motorists should be advised that they may encounter snow drifts at structures and sheltered areas, near zero visibility, and some roadways may be reduced to one lane or become blocked overnight.

As heavy snow continues, roadways have the potential to become compacted with snow, which in turn can create icy conditions.

Cities that are affected by the alert include Linton, Napolean, McClusky, Steele, Devils Lake, and surrounding areas.

Black ice or areas where roads may look wet but are icy may be found in some travel areas. Motorists are encouraged to use reduced speeds and drive according to the conditions.

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.

NDDOT releases information to inform the public about travel conditions throughout the state. The three categories are as follows:

1. Travel Alerts are issued to alert motorists that areas of challenging winter 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.

2. No Travel Advisories are issued when conditions warrant no travel but not a road closure. Not 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.

3. Roads are closed when conditions create a life-threatening danger to motorists. The roadway is impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road. Motorists should obey road closures, even when a sign or a gate is not present.

Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CST. 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.

If you become stranded, motorists should stay with their vehicle and call 911 for emergency assistance.