Forum staff reports, Published January 16 2014
VIDEO: Blowing snow prompts warnings for Fargo-Moorhead driversVideo of driving conditions between Dilworth and Glyndon on Highway 10 around 3 a.m. Thursday morning.
FARGO - Authorities are warning drivers in the Fargo-Moorhead area that blowing snow is reducing visibility on roads.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a travel alert about 730 a.m. Thursday for southeast North Dakota, including Fargo, Jamestown, Valley City and Wahpeton.
A travel alert means that motorists can still travel, but should know that conditions can change quickly.
Capt. Bryan Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said visibility in and around Fargo is decent and the interstates are dry. However, outside the metro area blowing snow is making it tough to see, he said.
Along with some vehicles in the ditch, a rollover was reported on Interstate 29 north of Fargo, but no one was hurt, Niewind said.
Transportation officials cautioned that high winds across North Dakota are making travel difficult for semis, trucks, buses, SUVs and other vehicles with high profiles.
Via Twitter, Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said troopers have been dealing with several vehicles that have slid off highways. With visibility down to 100 to 150 feet in some spots, Grabow urged against any unnecessary travel in west central and northwest Minnesota.
For road information in North Dakota and Minnesota, call 511.