FARGO — Transportation officials have closed Interstate 29 from Fargo to the South Dakota border and have also closed North Dakota Highway 13 from I-29 to Wahpeton, due to snow and blowing snow Thursday, April 11, which is creating near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
Transportation officials have issued a no-travel advisory for southeastern North Dakota, including Fargo, Casselton, Lisbon, Edgeley, Ellendale, Ashley and surrounding areas due to snow and blowing snow creating near-zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
I-29 Fargo to SD border set to close
A no-travel advisory means conditions are such that motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions.
In northeast North Dakota, NDDOT has temporarily closed the northbound off-ramp of I-29 Exit 164, about 20 miles north of Grand Forks, due to water on the roadway. This exit will be closed until river levels recede and motorists will need to take an alternate route.
The NDDOT urges motorists to check road conditions before traveling due to rapidly changing conditions. Fluctuating water levels make it difficult to predict when and where water will go over a roadway or recede from the roadway.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a no-travel advisory for state and federal highways in Clay, Wilkin, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Big Stone counties and portions of Otter Tail County due to dangerous driving conditions. Snowplows are operating, but travelers are advised to avoid these counties until conditions improve.
Clay County sheriff's deputies and Minnesota state troopers have dealt with crashes and several vehicles in the ditch.
"A Clay County deputys patrol vehicle was hit from behind as they were waiting at a traffic light, the deputy and other driver were not injured in the crash. Please use caution," Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said in a statement.
The late-season winter storm will bring large amounts of heavy, wet snow, which will be driven by high winds. In many areas, the snowstorm coincides with flooding, meaning many road ditches are full of deep water, creating an additional hazard for motorists who lose control and slide off the road.
The winter storm, which already has shut down much of South Dakota, will continue to spread over much of southeastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, causing travel conditions to deteriorate. Travelers should closely follow weather reports and road condition reports before traveling.
For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go online to the travel information map at www.dot.nd.gov.
Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live) Interstate 29 from Fargo to the South Dakota border is expected to close at noon today.
Officials with the North Dakota D.O.T. say its near impossible to see anything south of Wahpeton. Traffic is also backing up at the border.