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Published December 03 2010

Travel alert issued for western, central, southeastern portions of ND

BISMARACK - A travel alert has been issued for western, central and southeastern portions of North Dakota through Saturday morning by the state Department of Transportation.

Motorists can still travel, be the NDDOT advises that heavy snow is starting to accumulate in the passing lane of four-lane highways and rural two-lane roads. Motorists will encounter reduced visibility when meeting and passing vehicles and should reduce speeds, according to a news release.

Cities affected by the travel alert include Williston, Dickinson, Minot, Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Wahpeton and surrounding areas.

As heavy snow continues throughout the day, roadways have the potential to become snow covered with compacted snow creating icy conditions.

If motorists become stranded they should stay with their vehicle and call 911for emergency assistance.