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03/05/2019 05:25 AM

No Travel Lifted from western North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have LIFTED the No Travel Advisory for western North Dakota including the cities of Williston, Watford City, Dickinson, Bowman, and the surrounding areas.

A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for south central North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow which is creating near zero visibility. Motorists should know that blowing snow is creating drifts at bridges and underpasses and roadways may become blocked. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory are Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Ellendale, and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert remains in effect for Minot, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, and Fargo due to blowing snow and reduced visibility. slippery road conditions and reduced visibility. Be cautious when approaching bridges and sheltered areas because the blowing snow may create drifts in the driving lanes.

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 10 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.

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