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Published February 04 2010

Worsening weather conditions cause multiple rollovers in Fargo-Moorhead area

FARGO – Freezing rain-turned-to-snow was the culprit behind multiple rollovers and a few minor injuries reported Thursday evening, as a winter storm front moved into the Red River Valley.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to at least five rollover accidents within a three-hour period in the immediate Fargo area, Sgt. Dave Wolf said.

At least two accidents resulted in minor injuries that sent a couple people to area hospitals – including one rollover near Wild Rice, where one person was ejected from the vehicle.

“It was kind of drizzling and misting, and hitting the road and freezing,” making the roads extra slippery, Wolf said.

Total accumulations of 1-3 inches of snow are expected overnight into Friday morning, with up to 5 inches expected by Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Bruce Nord, maintenance superintendent for the North Dakota Department of Transportation, told Wolf that snow plows would be out until the early morning hours Friday and return to the roads by 4 a.m. in preparation for morning travel.

Slippery conditions are expected on area roadways during the Friday morning commute.

“It’s not going to be a normal drive in the morning; you’re probably going to have to adjust your speed and slow down a bit,” Wolf advised. “We urge people just to take a little extra time and make sure they buckle up and drive for the conditions.”

The Red River Valley is under a winter weather advisory through 6 a.m. Saturday.