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Published December 20, 2010, 07:36 PM

ND WEATHER: Plows Being Pulled Statewide

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) snow plows have been working since early morning hours and throughout the day. Snow plows are being pulled from the roads throughout the state. The plows will resume operation early tomorrow morning.

Plows being pulled statewide

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) snow plows have been working since early morning hours and throughout the day. Snow plows are being pulled from the roads throughout the state. The plows will resume operation early tomorrow morning.

Motorists should be advised that they may encounter heavy snow drifts at interstate interchanges, ramps, structures, and sheltered areas and some roadways may be reduced to one lane or become blocked overnight.

A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for the central portion of North Dakota due to heavy snow causing snow covered roads and areas of zero visibility. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory include: Devils Lake, Kenmare, Mohall, Bottineau, Minot, Parshall, Garrison, Velva, Towner, Harvey, Carrington, Devils Lake, Rolla, and surrounding areas.

The Travel Alert is in effect for areas of western, south central, and eastern North Dakota. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel, but should be advised that compacted snow and ice along with areas of reduced visibility due to heavy snow and snow fog are causing hazardous travel conditions.

Cities affected by the Travel Alert include: Grand Forks, Cooperstown, Hillsboro, Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Wahpeton, Crosby, Bowbells, Williston, Watford City, New Town, Stanley, Glen Ullin, Center, Bismarck, Steele, and surrounding areas.

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. 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.

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.

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