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01/29/2019 12:20 PM

No Travel Advisory issued for northeastern ND; Travel Alert for southeast


The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a No Travel Advisory for northeast North Dakota including Grand Forks and surrounding areas due to blowing snow creating areas of near zero visibility. A No Travel Advisory means conditions are such that motorists should not travel in these areas. 


In addition, a Travel Alert has been issued for southeast North Dakota due to blowing snow creating areas of reduced visibility. Cities included in the Travel Alert are Fargo, Casselton, Lisbon, Hillsboro, Wahpeton and surrounding areas. A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to wear seat belts, reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions. 


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.


 


  1. 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.


 


  1. 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. 


 


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 Travel Information Map at www.dot.nd.gov


 


 


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