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Published January 10, 2013, 06:17 PM

Impending storm has local agencies on alert

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - North Dakota and Minnesota state troopers say they can't over hype the danger this storm could bring; the timing of it, the changing road conditions from ice to snow and the duration of the danger being out there all lead to officers begging you to take caution.

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - North Dakota and Minnesota state troopers say they can't over hype the danger this storm could bring; the timing of it, the changing road conditions from ice to snow and the duration of the danger being out there all lead to officers begging you to take caution.

It's rather fitting living here, that we can step outside this afternoon and comment on the rather warm, mild day, and now be just hours from a wicked winter storm and potentially deadly driving conditions.

Today's mild, melting weather is what has state troopers worried. Their concern is that it will put the wrong message in a driver's mind, and people take a mild approach to this storm. Also, they say technology is giving drivers a false sense of protection.

Troopers say if you have to drive, wear warm clothes and pack even more because that cell phone doesn't work in every place and even if it does, it's tough to direct rescuers to you in a bad storm.

Sergeant Jesse Grabow – Minnesota Highway Patrol: “People ask me what is the most important thing? I say, have a blanket or something to stay warm, because so often when I come across people when they drive off the road, stuck in the ditch or roll they are underdressed for the weather and it happens all too often.”

A 34 year veteran with the North Dakota DOT told us today this type of storm moving in is the most dangerous kind for travel.

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