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Roads reopen as conditions improve; drivers can still expect ice, compacted snow

Ferocious winds caused whiteouts on roads in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.

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Richard Wyman covers his face from the extreme wind as he walks his luggage to the Hector International Airport on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in Fargo. Roads closed across the Red River Valley Friday as sustained winds around 30 mph caused limited visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
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FARGO — Area travel turned treacherous as a blizzard with high winds pummeled eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota Friday, Feb. 11.

While roads have reopened, both NDDOT and MNDOT are reporting ice- and snow-covered highways throughout the region as of Friday afternoon.

According to MnDOT, high winds and blowing snow created dangerous whiteout conditions, and icy and snow-covered roads. Highways were closed due to multiple vehicles blocking the roadway.

MnDOT officials say when a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

In Fargo, 19th Avenue North closed from 18th Street to Dakota Drive around 7 a.m. The high winds also prompted the city to shut down the landfill Friday.

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Fargo Public Schools canceled classes, and West Fargo and Moorhead public schools conducted virtual learning days.

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Randy Bandcamp drags his luggage through a blizzard into the Hector International Airport on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in Fargo.
Alyssa Goelzer/The Forum

Total snow accumulations of up to one inch are possible, with winds gusting as high as 55 mph.

A full list of closures can be found at www.inforum.com/closing-announcements .

Cars drive in blowing snow which creates a foggy effect
Snow hits Thursday morning Feb. 10, 2022, at Veterans Boulevard, Fargo. Snow is expected to shift to rain in the afternoon.
Michael Vosburg/The Forum

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