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Published February 28, 2012, 06:55 PM

Communication key in deciding when to close roads

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some schools and city services south and west of us have already been closed by this storm. A travel alert has been issued for Central and Eastern North Dakota.

Some schools and city services south and west of us have already been closed by this storm. A travel alert has been issued for Central and Eastern North Dakota.

Right now it's clear and sunny, allowing traffic to flow freely on the interstate, but that all could change tomorrow. North Dakota Highway Patrol will be keeping an eye on the roads. It's hard to say just how much snow we'll get, but one thing is for sure: troopers will be in constant communication with local jurisdictions and each other.

Their observations will help the North Dakota Department of Transportation out of Bismarck choose whether or not to close Interstates and State Highways. Sergeant Troy Hischer says the amount of snow and wind plays a factor along with accidents.

Sgt. Troy Hischer – ND Highway Patrol: "We have semis jackknifed and they'll be blocking the road or the snow will drift under and overpass we won't be able to plow through it."

Troopers put up gates to close off interstates. If caught going around those gates, drivers can expect to get slapped with a $250 fine. Sergeant Troy Hischer says people who drive on closed roads are only putting themselves at risk.

Sgt. Troy Hischer: "With technology they can call, but if we can't get to them it doesn't do us any good to have people stranded out there and that only delays the cleanup process too of the stranded vehicles out there."

For the latest on road closures visit North Dakota's DOT website, http://www.dot.nd.gov.

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