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Published January 28, 2011, 08:33 PM

No Travel Advised In NE North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has extended the No Travel Advisory to north eastern North Dakota including the cities of Grand Forks, Devils Lake and surrounding areas due to high winds that are causing blowing and drifting snow that is sticking to the roadway creating areas of near zero visibility, areas of scattered ice, and ice covered roadways.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has extended the No Travel Advisory to north eastern North Dakota including the cities of Grand Forks, Devils Lake and surrounding areas due to high winds that are causing blowing and drifting snow that is sticking to the roadway creating areas of near zero visibility, areas of scattered ice, and ice covered roadways.

The No Travel Advisory is still in effect for US 2 from Williston to Berthold, including the cities of: Bowbells, Stanley, and New Town and US 83 from Minot to the Junction of ND 200 including the cities of: Parshall, Garrison, and surrounding areas. Motorists should be advised that snow drifts may be encountered at structures and sheltered areas and some roadways may be reduced to one lane or become blocked overnight.

A Travel Alert remains in effect through Saturday morning for north of Williston, Crosby, Bismarck, Jamestown and surrounding areas. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel, but should be aware that roadways in the alert area may be ice covered or have areas of scattered ice due to blowing snow that has stuck to the roadway. Some roadways in the Travel Alert area may be reduced to one lane overnight due to blowing and drifting snow at structures and sheltered 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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