East North Dakota under no-travel advisory
The state agency sent out the release at 4:12 p.m. Thursday after a day-long blizzard brought strong winds and snow to the Red River Valley. The advisory that includes Grand Forks, Jamestown, Valley City, Wahpeton and Fargo said reduced visibility and icy road conditions prompted the warning.
“Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel,” a news release said. “Snowplows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions.”
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The NDDOT asked motorists to take the advisory “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,” the release said. It’s possible conditions could escalate enough for state officials to close roads.
Motorists should reduce speeds, drive according to weather and monitor road conditions if they have to travel. More information can be found at dot.nd.gov or by calling 511.