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Published February 17, 2013, 05:27 PM

Dozens of crashes reported as road conditions turn treacherous

Blizzard watches, warnings in effect
FARGO – Blowing snow, icy roads and high speeds are combining today for “treacherous” road conditions. Dozens of crashes and rollovers have been reported so far today in the Red River Valley.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

FARGO – Blowing snow, icy roads and high speeds are combining today for “treacherous” road conditions.

Dozens of crashes and rollovers have been reported so far today in the Red River Valley.

Bill Barrett, a meteorologist technician with the National Weather Service, says that while there’s no new snow falling in the Fargo area, just an inch or two of it swirling around can create hazardous driving conditions.

“Driving the speed limit could get you in trouble,” Barrett says. He recommends slowing down.

A clipper system is expected to move into the area later tonight and into Monday.

Barrett says it will likely stay north of the Fargo-Moorhead area, but it’s too early to tell.

He expects wind speed to increase as the day goes on.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation reported blowing snow, scattered packed snow and scattered ice on roads.

Winter weather advisories have been issued for Ransom, Richland and Sargent counties in North Dakota and for West Becker, West Otter Tail and Wilkin counties in Minnesota.

Griggs, Steele and Traill counties in North Dakota and West Polk County in Minnesota are all under a blizzard warning.

Barnes and Cass counties in North Dakota and Clay and Norman counties in Minnesota are under a blizzard watch.

A winter storm watch is in effect for East Polk and Mahnomen counties in Minnesota.

A multiple-car crash happened near Hillsboro, N.D., just before 3:30 this afternoon. As of 4:30 p.m., traffic was still backed up about a mile on I-29 near the crash.

The sheriff’s department in Traill County had no further updates as of 5 p.m.

For the latest road conditions, dial 5-1-1 or check the North Dakota and Minnesota Department of Transportation’s websites.

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