The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for central and eastern North Dakota due blowing snow and reduced visibility. Cities included in the Travel Alert are Bismarck, Mandan, Valley City, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, and surrounding areas.
A Travel Alert also remains in effect in the Dickinson area. A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.
The No Travel Advisory for areas of western, northwest and north central North Dakota remain in effect due to snow and blowing snow creating hazardous driving conditions and reduced visibility. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory include: Killdeer, Beulah, Grassy Butte, Belfield, Minot, Mohall, Kenmare, Parshall, Garrison, Crosby, Tioga, Williston, Watford City, New Town and surrounding areas. A No Travel Advisory means conditions are such that motorists should not travel in these areas.
Based on information from the National Weather Service, conditions are expected to worsen as the storm continues to hang around over the area. Additional snowfall and continued strong winds are likely to make travel hazardous for the rest of today and possibly overnight.
All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the Travel Information Map at www.dot.nd.gov. The NDDOT works hard to keep travelers informed of road conditions. However, the road conditions are not reported 24 hours a day but updated every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time, including holidays. It’s important to remember that the conditions may vary from what is being reported.