The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol would like to inform motorists of hazardous driving conditions in northwest and north central North Dakota due to high winds, blowing and drifting snow with near zero visibility. There are a number of closed or blocked highways in north central and northwestern North Dakota. Please be aware that high winds are expected to continue into the evening hours and more roads may become blocked. NDDOT encourages motorists to check for updates on the Travel Information Map (http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/) which is updated from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CDT.
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.
· US Highway 2 eastbound CLOSED from Minot to Devils Lake
· US Highway 2 westbound CLOSED from Devils Lake to Rugby
· ND Highway 3 BLOCKED in multiple locations from the Jct. of Hwy. 19 near Esmond to the Canadian Border
· ND Highway 28 BLOCKED 4 miles north of Jct 52-Carpio and 4 miles south of Sherwood
· ND Highway 8 BLOCKED 3 miles south of the Canada border
· US Highway 52 BLOCKED 2 miles east of Jct 8-Bowbells
Trucks: Truck parking in the Devils Lake area is limited. Trucks traveling west of Grand Forks should plan to park in Grand Forks for the night until conditions improve, or take an alternate route in the southern portion (I-94) of the state.
No Travel Advisories currently in effect in the following cities and surrounding areas
As a reminder this area is in a No Travel Advisory and motorists in this area should not travel.
· Watford City
· New Town
No Oversize travel SW, NE & NW ND
No Oversize travel in the Southwest, Northeast and Northwest Region of North Dakota until further notice due to weather conditions. North Dakota law restricts travel for these vehicle types when inclement weather causes the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle.
Drive According to Conditions
Motorists should slow down and drive according to conditions as there are still many areas in the state with snow drifts blocking roads and areas of low visibility. Poor visibility continues to affect highways in North Dakota. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.
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.