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Published December 30, 2010, 09:12 PM

Strong Winter Storm Creates Dangerous Conditions Around the Area

Parts of both interstates are closed in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota including Interstate 29 from Grand Forks south to Brookings, South Dakota. But before the interstates were closed, the Highway Patrol had its hands full with accidents. One pileup even stretched for more than a mile.

Parts of both interstates are closed in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota including Interstate 29 from Grand Forks south to Brookings, South Dakota. But before the interstates were closed, the Highway Patrol had its hands full with accidents. One pileup even stretched for more than a mile.

As many as 100 cars were backed up on I-94 Thursday just west of West Fargo.

The hazardous driving conditions have caused the Department of Transportation to close I-29 south of Grand Forks to Brookings, SD and I-94 from Jamestown to Alexandria, MN along with several other roads.

"It may be deceiving in town when you have sheltered areas, but once you get out into the open, the winds really start howling, and visibility is a problem," Sgt. Aaron Hummel with the NDHP said.

Even though there are some roads still open, no travel is advised in most of the area.

In addition to the huge pile-up in the southern valley, the Highway Patrol has been very busy in the northern valley as well.

"North of Grand Forks we've had some visibility issues with a couple of property accidents involving semis in the Drayton area," Hummel said.

And just a reminder, if you're even thinking about going around the road closed signs on the interstates, you will be cited if you're caught.

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