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Published November 29, 2010, 10:14 PM

Low Visibility Causing Problems for Area Drivers

More severe winter weather in the Northern Valley area is slowing down drivers.

More severe winter weather in the Northern Valley area is slowing down drivers.

The roads are slick in some spots, but that is not the only problem.

With the large amount of snow and very intense winds, it is getting very hard to see outside - even inside Grand Forks City Limits.

Every driver has their own way to handle this severe weather.

"Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Can't get any better," joked truck driver Kyle Hoselton.

With a near-blizzard, the severe winter weather for most people is no joke.

"We spun a little by the bridge by Hillsboro, but other than that it's to see over there. There are spots where you can't see at all," said truck driver Joseph Mondeor.

Mondeor did see something.

"We saw some trucks in the ditch."

Which may not have been the cause of icy roads.

"We're seeing a lot of visibility issues. Road services themselves aren't too bad. Visibility is the biggest issue. If travel isn't necessary stay home where it's warm," said Trooper Ryan Panasuk with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Some people like truck drivers with deliveries do not always have the option to stay home.

"I got livestock in the trailer. I want to make sure I watch out for them too," said Hoselton, driving from Fargo to Drayton.

In severe winter weather, a little cautious driving can go a long way.

"You keep the wheels straight, you'll go straight. When you start going, be cautious. Or you'll end up in the ditch," said Mondeor.

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