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Mike Nowatzki, Published March 03 2008

Icy road conditions continue to plague drivers today in Red River Valley

Snowy and icy roads continued to cause problems for drivers in the Red River Valley this morning, with numerous reports of vehicle rollovers and cars in the ditch.

“We’re still iced up throughout the eastern part of the state,” said Bruce Nord, maintenance supervisor for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

A no-travel advisory issued for Interstate 29 Sunday night by the North Dakota Highway Patrol was lifted this morning, and a stretch of I-29 be-tween Grand Forks and Hillsboro was reopened.

Still, intermittent snow and ice plagued roads this morning, sending many unsuspecting drivers into the ditch, Nord said.

A rollover accident with unknown injuries was reported at 7:40 a.m. on Interstate 29, 1 mile north of Gard-ner, N.D. Another rollover accident with no injuries was reported at 8:22 a.m. on U.S. 10 about 2 miles east of Glyndon, Minn.

“It’s not only the state highways, but county highways are bad with the blow-ing and drifting snow we had over the weekend,” Nord said.

Blustery conditions Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday made it difficult for road crews to make headway against snow sticking to area roads, Nord said.

He’s hoping warmer temperatures, less wind and the sun will improve conditions, but roads may not clear off until Tuesday. The National Weather Service predicted highs in Fargo of 14 degrees today and 26 degrees Tuesday.

“We’re scraping and trying to peel that stuff off, but sometimes it can be pretty hard,” Nord said.

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