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.
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.
WC MN several roads are closed due to dangerous driving conditions & crashes - several vehicles are in the ditch/median including these 3 semis on I94 between Barnesville & Rothsay. Road info https://t.co/UtVIO3kuBr 2/11/22 at 11:15am pic.twitter.com/VcHjkPP9i6— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) February 11, 2022
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.
Fargo Public Schools canceled classes, and West Fargo and Moorhead public schools conducted virtual learning days.
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 .