BISMARCK – I-29 CLOSED from Fargo to Canada; I-94 CLOSED from Jamestown to Fargo; Truck parking limited at North Dakota interstate closure points.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have CLOSED I-29 from Fargo to Grand Forks and have also CLOSED I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo due to snow and blowing snow which is creating near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
A No Travel Advisory has also been issued for east of Jamestown, Hillsboro, Valley City and surrounding areas due to snow and blowing snow which is creating near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
Commercial Motor Vehicle parking is becoming LIMITED at the interstate closure points in eastern North Dakota. Commercial Motor Vehicles should consider stopping prior to closure points. Jamestown especially has limited truck park available and commercial trucks should consider stopping in Bismarck or Steele.
Also a No Travel Advisory is still in effect for the following cities: Fargo, Casselton, Lisbon, Edgeley, Ellendale, Ashley, Wahpeton and surrounding areas due to snow and blowing snow which is creating near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the Travel Information Map at www.dot.nd.gov. Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. CDT. The road report is based upon the information available to the NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported.
FARGO — Transportation officials have closed Interstate 29 in North Dakota as well as Interstate 94 from Jamestown to Osakis, Minn., due to snow and blowing snow Thursday, April 11, which is creating near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
Highway 10 is closed from Moohead to Audobon, Minn., and North Dakota Highway 13 is closed from I-29 to Wahpeton, officials said.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol is encouraging travelers headed east on I-94 to plan for an overnight road closure and to find a place to stay for the night. Parking and lodging can fill quickly near the start of a major road closure, and the patrol recommends finding accommodations before reaching Jamestown.
A no-travel advisory has been issued for southeastern North Dakota, including Fargo, Casselton, Lisbon, Edgeley, Ellendale, Ashley and surrounding areas. A no-travel advisory means conditions are such that motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions.
The Cass County Sheriffs Office is urging drivers to stay off rural highways. "Travel conditions are extremely difficult to near impossible as this storm progresses," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "This is a dangerous storm and deputies have responded to numerous crashes and stranded vehicles."
Minnesota transportation officials issued a no-travel advisory for state and federal highways in Clay, Wilkin, Becker, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift and Traverse counties 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 several crashes and 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 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 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, dial 511. For Minnesota road conditions, visit 511mn.org. For North Dakota road conditions, visit www.dot.nd.gov.