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Published March 22, 2011, 07:53 PM

Plows Pulled in Central, Northwestern Parts of ND

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) snow plows have been working since early morning hours and throughout the day and will be pulled from state roads in the early evening hours in the central and northwestern portions of the state including areas around Bismarck, Williston, Minot, Valley City, and Devils Lake. Snow plows will continue working on state highways in the cities of Bismarck, Williston and Minot.

Areas south of Watford City, New Town, and Minot are experiencing areas of zero visibility and plows have been pulled. The plows will resume operation early tomorrow morning as visibility improves and it is safe to be out.

Motorists should be advised that snow and blowing snow will make it difficult to see after dark. Roads may become covered with heavy snow drifts and travel is not advised in these areas.

In other areas of the state road conditions are as follows:

· I-94 closed from Bismarck to Fargo

· US Highway 83 closed from Bismarck to the Canadian border

· US Highway 2 closed from Berthold to Rugby

· A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for Devils Lake, Fargo, Minot, Williston, Valley City, Jamestown, Bismarck and surrounding areas. Motorists should not travel in these areas.

· A Travel Alert remains in effect for the remainder of the state. As this storm develops, Travel Alerts have the potential to change to No Travel Advisories if conditions deteriorate. The National Weather Service is predicting this as a major winter storm which may create icy road conditions, heavy snow drifts, and reduced visibility making travel hazardous. Motorists are encouraged to monitor the weather and road conditions prior to traveling.