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Mike Nowatzki, Published February 13 2008

Travel alert issued for all of North Dakota; 5 to 7 inches expected in Fargo

UPDATED 11:30 a.m.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a travel alert Wednesday morning for all highways in the state, advising drivers to be cautious because of blowing and drifting snow expected to create poor visibility throughout the day.

Rainfall has created icy conditions in the southwest North Dakota counties of Golden Valley, Billings, Slope, Bowman, Adams and Hettinger. The area affected includes Interstate 94 in the Beach and Medora areas, in addition to other state highways in the Bowman, Mott and Carson areas.

The National Weather Service this morning issued a winter storm warning from 3 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Thursday for an area stretching roughly from Devils Lake, N.D., to Fergus Falls, Minn.

Snow will spread into the southern Red River Valley and west-central Minnesota by mid- to late afternoon today and become heavy at times this evening, the weather service said. The snow will end late tonight with total accumulations of 5 to 7 inches.

The heaviest snow appears likely along a line from Fargo to Fergus Falls, the weather service said.

North winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph tonight, causing areas of reduced visibility and dangerous wind chills of 25 to 35 below zero.