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No Travel Advisory to remain in effect overnight

March 18, 2013

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) remind motorists that the No Travel Advisory for the eastern region of North Dakota will remain in effect overnight. This includes the cities of Devils Lake, Rolla, Langdon, Grand Forks, Drayton, Fargo, Wahpeton, Valley City, Jamestown and surrounding areas due to high winds causing near blizzard conditions with blowing snow, areas of near zero visibility, scattered snow drifts, compacted snow and continuous ice on roadways. Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.

Motorists should be advised that snow plow operators have been working since early morning hours and throughout the day; therefore, plows will be pulled at 7 p.m. tonight in rural areas in Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo, Valley City and Jamestown. NDDOT snow plows will resume operation early tomorrow morning. Motorists should be advised that roads may become BLOCKED overnight in these areas due to high winds creating heavy snow drifts especially in sheltered areas and at structures.

A Travel Alert remains in effect in the Williston, Minot, McClusky, Steele, Napoleon and surrounding areas due to blowing and drifting snow creating icy conditions and reduced visibility. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised that challenging winter driving conditions may exist. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.

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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

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