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Forum staff reports, Published February 28 2012

Travel alert issued for central, eastern North Dakota

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol have issued a travel alert for central and eastern North Dakota as a winter storm system moves into the state from the south.

Motorists should be aware this system may create areas of heavy snow fall and blowing snow creating snow drifts, reduced visibility and icy conditions, DOT stated in a news release. Based on National Weather Service forecasts, the DOT advised motorists that travel conditions may deteriorate rapidly, resulting in no travel advised, road closures and blocked roads overnight due to the magnitude of the storm.

The DOT encouraged motorists to complete travel plans early, monitor local weather forecasts, reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.

Cities and surrounding areas in the travel alert include Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Grand Forks, Fargo and Wahpeton. A travel alert means motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways.

For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov. If you become stranded in your vehicle, please call 911.