Winter Storm Blows Through Thursday Afternoon Causing Icy Roads And Hazardous Driving Conditions

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By Ellie Boese
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Though Barnes County escaped the Winter Weather Advisories issued Thursday afternoon, the area was not free of snow, wind, and slick roads. The national weather service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for counties including Stutsman and LaMoure, in effect from 6 a.m.–6 p.m. (CST) on Friday. Thursday, snow and wind contributed to slippery roads in the majority of Northwest North Dakota, moving down into Barnes County and surrounding areas early afternoon.
Officials warned of slippery road conditions Thursday afternoon and evening due to the heavy, wet snow and strong gusting winds. As of 5 p.m., there had been multiple car accidents, a majority of which involved cars going off the runway and into the ditch. One of the accidents left a semi that seemed to have lost control while traveling eastbound Interstate 94 and crossed the median, coming to a stop in a position partly blocking the westbound lanes. With low visibility accidents were difficult to see, and patchy slush and ice could catch drivers by surprise.
Looking to tomorrow, the NWS predicts from 3-6 inches around Barnes and Stutsman County-areas, with winds gusting up to 30 mph. They also say to plan on slippery road conditions with patches of low visibility due to blowing snow.
Looks like we’re in for some snowy conditions, or as it’s called in North Dakota, Friday.

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A semi landed in the ditch and on the roadway after losing control on the slippery eastbound Interstate 94.

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In town driving Thursday afternoon left streets icy with heavy wet snow and visibility issues for drivers.

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