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Forum staff reports, Published December 10 2010

No travel advised for central and northwestern North Dakota; plows pulled off roads

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a no travel advisory for central and northwestern parts of the state which is expected to extend eastward later this evening as a winter storm progresses.

Snow plows are experiencing areas of zero visibility and are being pulled from the roads in the northwestern and central portions of the state. The plows will resume operation early Saturday morning.

The no travel advisory is due to snow and blowing snow causing times of zero visibility. Motorists should be advised that they may encounter snow drifts at structures and sheltered areas and some roadways may be reduced to one lane or become blocked overnight.

Cities affected by the no travel advisory include: Williston, Watford City, New Town, Parshall, Garrison, Killdeer, Beulah, Center, Underwood, McClusky, Velva, south of Minot, north of Steele and surrounding areas.

NDDOT said that as this storm continues to move east, conditions are expected to deteriorate and no travel advisories will progress eastward into the Carrington, Jamestown and Valley City areas.