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Forum staff reports, Published March 02 2012

Blowing snow creates slippery conditions on I-94 between Tower City, Valley City

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Blowing snow is sticking to Interstate 94 between Tower City and Valley City, leading to six crashes and another 10 or so cars in the ditches and medians, state Highway Patrol Lt. Aaron Hummel said.

The crashes have involved property damage but no injuries, Hummel said.

Travel speeds on that stretch of I-94 are in the 30- to 40-mph range, he said.

The Highway Patrol and state Department of Transportation issued a travel alert at 1:50 p.m. for southwest and central North Dakota because of blowing snow sticking to roads and causing scattered icy conditions. Later, NDNDOT expanded the travel alert to include eastern parts of the state.

Affected cities include Fargo, Jamestown, Valley City, Bismarck, Dickinson and Minot and surrounding areas.

A travel alert means motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging driving conditions.