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North Dakota Department of Transportation News Release. Toll Free: 1-855-NDROADS (637-6237)
03/04/2018 06:25 PM

No Travel Advised issued for northwestern North Dakota; Travel Alert Issued for north central North Dakota


March 4, 2018

6:25 p.m. 


No Travel Advised issued for northwestern North Dakota; Travel Alert Issued for north central North Dakota 


The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a No Travel Advisory for northwestern North Dakota due to wet roads becoming icy overnight with accumulating snow. Heavy falling snow and blowing snow are creating hazardous driving conditions and near zero visibility in areas. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory are Williston, Watford City, Crosby, Bowbells, and surrounding areas. A No Travel Advisory means conditions are such that motorists should not travel in these areas. 


A Travel Alert has been issued for north central North Dakota due to due to wet roads becoming icy overnight and accumulating snow and blowing snow creating reduced visibility. Cities included in the Travel Alert are Minot, Garrison, Towner, Mohall, and surround areas. A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions 


Additional snowfall and continued strong winds are likely to make travel hazardous for the rest of the night and possibly tomorrow.


 


The three categories are as follows:


1.    TRAVEL ALERT – Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate.  


2.    NO TRAVEL ADVISED – Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snowplows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.  


3.    ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED – Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.


Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. CDT. The road report is based upon the information available to the NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported.


North Dakota Department of Transportation, 608 East Boulevard, Bismarck, ND 58505