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Forum staff reports, Published March 03 2009

Travel alert issues for parts of eastern North Dakota

FARGO – The North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a travel alert for the state’s eastern region.

The travel alert was issued this afternoon due to blowing snow sticking to the roadways, which can create short and long icy stretches. Motorists are encouraged to monitor road conditions and reduce traffic speeds as weather conditions occur.

Cities affected by the advisory are Fargo, Grand Forks, Valley City, Jamestown, Wahpeton, Devils Lake and Drayton.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., says the Fargo area will have 15 to 20 mph winds this afternoon and 10 to 20 mph winds tonight.

There is also a slight chance of patchy light freezing rain tonight in the Fargo area, the weather service reported.

Motorists can still drive under travel alerts but should be aware of challenging winter driving conditions that may be encountered.

For more information on road conditions in the state, call 511 or go online to www.511.nd.gov.