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Published February 23, 2012, 08:09 AM

UPDATE: I-94 reopens between Mandan and Dickinson

BISMARCK, N.D. — Travel conditions are deteriorating in parts of the Dakotas as the states get their second measurable snowfall in a week, though a closed section of Interstate 94 in western North Dakota has reopened.

By: Forum staff and wire reports, INFORUM

BISMARCK, N.D. — Travel conditions are deteriorating in parts of the Dakotas as the states get their second measurable snowfall in a week, though a closed section of Interstate 94 in western North Dakota has reopened.

The westbound lanes of I-94 were closed this morning between Mandan and Dickinson in southwest North Dakota, and no travel was advised in the eastbound lanes.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Kyle Kirchmeier said the closed stretch of I-94 opened back up shortly after 11 a.m. He said the closure was prompted by a few vehicles who couldn't make it up a hill west of Mandan.

"We didn't have that many crashes. It's just that traffic couldn't get through," Kirchmeier said.

Travel also was difficult in South Dakota, and some schools closed for the day.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather warnings and advisories early Thursday for parts of the two states. As much as 10 inches of snow had fallen in southwest North Dakota and as much as 14 inches in western South Dakota.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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