UPDATED: Interstate 94 closes from Bismarck to FargoMajor highways throughout west central Minnesota are being closed as weather conditions deteriorate and create hazardous road conditions. Road closing at 4 p.m. include:
Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria
U.S. Highway 10 from Moorhead and Detroit Lakes
Highway 210 from Fergus Falls to Breckenridge
By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM
The North Dakota Department of Transportation closed an additional portion of I-94 from Bismarck to Jamestown tonight. At this time I-94 is closed from Bismarck to Fargo. In addition, the portion of I-29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border is also closed, resulting in all of I-29 in North Dakota closed due to blowing snow resulting in near zero visibility
Major highways throughout west central Minnesota were closed earlier today as weather conditions deteriorated and created hazardous road conditions.
Road closings at 4 p.m. include:
- Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria
- U.S. Highway 10 from Moorhead and Detroit Lakes
- Highway 210 from Fergus Falls to Breckenridge
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol announced the road closure about 2:30 today. The roadways were opened earlier in the day after weather forced them closed Thursday.
Interstates 94 and 29 are closed in eastern North Dakota.
Current driving conditions throughout the region remain extremely difficult. Blowing and drifting snow and icy areas continue to cause reduced visibility and dangerous driving conditions.
A blizzard warning has been issued in both states as a storm moves into the area. Winds to 50 mph and snow totals of 6 to 9 inches are possible today into early Saturday.
In North Dakota, no travel is advised in the state's eastern stretches.
In a joint statement, the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol said roadways are impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road.
There were an estimated 35 crashes resulting in four injuries during yesterday’s storm. Thirty to forty people have been rescued. The number of vehicles removed is unknown.
In South Dakota, I-29 remains closed from the North Dakota border to Brookings.
West Fargo police advised only essential travel within the city, as numerous roads remained blocked due to heavy snow and stalled vehicles.
City snowplows were keeping emergency routes open and had started to clear some major secondary roads, Assistant Chief Mike Reitan said. Police are impounding vehicles in the way, he said in a news release.
As the storm resumes this afternoon, the city will go back to clearing only snow emergency routes. Plows will be pulled if conditions become life-threatening.
Other road closures and notices in effect for North Dakota:
- NDDOT has LIFTED the No Travel Advisory for Devils Lake, Valley City, Jamestown, areas east of Bismarck and surrounding areas. A Travel Alert remains in effect for these areas. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel, but may experience hazardous winter driving conditions due to winds causing blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility.
- No Travel Advisory for Oakes, Ellendale, Ashley and surrounding areas due to snow and high winds causing blowing snow and reducing visibility. Motorists should be advised that snow drifts may be encountered at structures and sheltered areas and are encouraged to reduce speeds.
- No Travel Advisory remains in effect for the eastern portion of the state due to high winds causing blowing snow. Motorists should be advised that roadways may be reduced to a single lane or become blocked by snow drifts at structures and sheltered areas.
- Cities affected by the No Travel Advisory include: Casselton, Fargo, Wahpeton, Hillsboro, Grand Forks, Drayton, Cavalier, and surrounding areas.
- If you become stranded, motorists should stay with their vehicle and call 911 for emergency assistance.