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Published January 14, 2011, 02:49 PM

Travel Alert Expanded to Include Most of North Dakota Through Saturday Morning

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has extended the Travel Alert to include north central North Dakota through Saturday morning.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has extended the Travel Alert to include north central North Dakota through Saturday morning. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel, but should be advised of areas of blowing snow creating heavy snow drifts, reduced visibility and snow fog, especially when meeting and passing other vehicles. Motorists are encouraged to reduced speeds and drive according to the conditions.

Cities affected by the Travel Alert include: New Town, Stanley, Minot, Devils Lake and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert is also in effect for southern and eastern North Dakota through Saturday morning due to areas of icy roads, blowing and drifting snow, reduced visibility and snow fog when meeting and passing vehicles. Cities affected by the Travel Alert include: Bismarck, Linton, Napoleon, Steele, Tuttle, Washburn, Glen Ullin, Flasher, Dickinson, Beach, Belfield, Bowman, Hettinger, Mott, Killdeer, Grand Forks, Fargo, Wahpeton, Valley City, Jamestown and surrounding areas.

Motorists should be advised that roadways may be reduced to a single lane or become blocked by snow drifts at structures and sheltered areas overnight. Highways that may be affected include:

· ND Highway 13 from Linton to the west junction of ND Highway 3

· ND Highway 34 from Hazelton to Napoleon

· ND Highway 36 from Tuttle to Pettibone

· ND Highway 200A from Washburn to the junction of Highway 200

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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