FARGO — The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol report areas to park semis are becoming clogged where interstate gates are closed because of the blizzard. Truckers are recommended to stop somewhere else before reaching those interstate closure areas.
Minnesota officials have closed Interstate 94 between Fergus Falls and Fargo. They also closed U.S. Highway 10 from Dilworth to Lake Park.
The NDDOT closed Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the South Dakota border in addition to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 from Jamestown to Fargo and westbound lanes from Fargo to Valley City.
The NDDOT also has closed Highway 13 from I-29 to Wahpeton.
The agency is especially asking truckers heading east toward Jamestown to stop in either Steele or Bismarck due to the backup of semis and lack of parking in the Jamestown area.
Blowing snow is creating near zero visibility and dangerous driving conditions.
Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life-threatening conditions. Driving on a closed road could result in a fine of up to $250.
The road may be impassible or blocked.
Road conditions were deteriorating in Minnesota, too. State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported numerous spinouts along Highway 10 east of Moorhead. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a No Travel Advisory on state and federal highways in Clay and Wilkin counties due to dangerous driving conditions. Snowplows will continue to operate, but motorists should not travel in those areas until conditions improve.
Troopers out with several VORs (vehicles that slid off road) requiring a Trp/tow assistance over a large portion of WC & Central MN: Hwy10 Lake Park, Hwy210 Foxhome, Hwy32 Erskine, I-94 Ashby, I-94 Brandon, I-94 Melrose, Hwy71 Long Prairie https://t.co/UtVIO3kuBr pic.twitter.com/TS1CmCWYH1— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) February 7, 2019
Eastern North Dakota is under a No Travel Advisory, which includes Fargo, Hillsboro, Casselton, Wahpeton, Jamestown, Valley City, Ashley, Cooperstown, Grand Forks and surrounding areas. Richland, Sargent, and Ransom counties have also issued a No Travel Advisory due to reduced visibility and heavy snow.
Parts of WC MN (State & Federal Highways in Clay & Wilkin Counties) this morning indicating “travel not advised” - blowing snow creating hazardous driving conditions. go to https://t.co/UtVIO3kuBr for more info. pic.twitter.com/PRsQ0wudCY— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) February 7, 2019
Northeastern North Dakota is under a Travel Alert, meaning motorists can still travel in those areas but should be aware of rapidly changing conditions. The Travel Alert includes Drayton, Pembina, Cavalier and surrounding areas.
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