Snow earlier this week on the front steps of the Barnes County Courthouse. Much more fell Thursday and blew around during blizzard conditions that struck much of North Dakota.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol have CLOSED I-94 from Bismarck to Jamestown due to high winds causing areas of zero visibility and hazardous travel conditions. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.
A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for areas in central and northeastern regions of North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow creating near zero visibility. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory are Bismarck, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, and the surrounding area. Conditions are such that motorists in these areas should not travel.
The Travel Alert has been extended to include the cities of Center and Underwood in central North Dakota. Other areas included in a Travel Alert are New Salem, Linton, Napoleon, Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Wahpeton, and surrounding areas due to snow and blowing snow creating reduced visibility.
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 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 ALERT â€“ Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate.
2. NO TRAVEL ADVISED â€“ Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snowplows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.
3. ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED â€“ Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.
Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CDT. 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.