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Helmut Schmidt, Published December 01 2013

Roads slippery as first wave of snow hits region

Online: For North Dakota conditions: http://www.dot.nd.gov/ and click on the road conditions link and travel information map

For Minnesota road conditions: http://www.511mn.org/

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The first of three waves of snow expected to hit the region are icing up roads and highways across swathes of North Dakota, dropping travel speeds throughout the region.

Some areas of North Dakota also saw rain and freezing rain which slickened roads as temperatures dropped.

On Interstate 94 from Steele through Jamestown and south to the South Dakota boarder, roads had continual ice, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reported. From Jamestown and halfway to Valley City, north and south of I-94, scattered ice was reported on many roads as of about 8:20 p.m.

In Williston and to the north of the city there was compacted ice and snow on roads, and the Minot area also was seeing many of roads icing up, the DOT reported.

Scattered ice and blowing snow was reported from Casselton to Fargo, again lowering speeds on Interstate 94.

Minnesota roads in the Red River Valley were still in fair to good winter driving conditions about 9 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583