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Published February 07, 2010, 08:18 AM

Reduced visibility and blowing snow cause dangerous road conditions

(WDAY TV) - Ice, blowing and drifting snow, and reduced visibility, less than one mile at times, are causing dangerous road conditions tonight. A travel alert is in place for our North Dakota viewers. In Minnesota and South Dakota, travel is very difficult. As conditions get worse, with plenty of motorists on the roads, authorities are worried about what's to come.

This accident is one of the many reported this weekend. Around noon this vehicle heading west on I-94 smashed into a plow truck. The driver was heading back to South Dakota from college in Jamestown. Fire fighters had to use special tools to remove her from the vehicle.

Behind the crash, a line of vehicles more than 2 miles long were at a complete stop for more than a half an hour.

Laney says the plow was going around 20 miles per hour, when the car ran into it. Its unknown why she slid over, but driving conditions are very poor, and a thin layer of ice combined with wind is making travel difficult.

With more snow coming down through tomorrow evening, Laney is pleading to people. If you don't need to be out, stay home your just adding more risk and danger to everyone by adding more numbers on the road. As of 8:30 tonight, the North Dakota Highway Patrol has responded to 39 crashes and 55 vehicles in the ditch since Friday.