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Published February 10, 2013, 10:52 AM

Travel alert issued for southeast ND as snowstorm barrels into region

FARGO – The North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a travel alert for the southeast region of the state because of snow and blowing snow causing reduced visibility and snow- and ice-covered roadways.

FARGO – The North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a travel alert for the southeast region of the state because of snow and blowing snow causing reduced visibility and snow- and ice-covered roadways.

The alert area includes the cities of Fargo, Ellendale, Jamestown, Valley City and Wahpeton.

Motorists can still travel in those areas, but the DOT encouraged drivers to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions, which could change rapidly, according to a new release issued at 7:10 a.m.

About 2 inches of snow had fallen in south Fargo as of 10:15 a.m. Snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service as of about 10 a.m. included 6 inches in Hankinson, 4 inches in Colfax and Lisbon, 3 inches in Nome and 4.1 inches near Durbin in Cass County.

A blizzard warning remains in effect until noon Monday for southeast North Dakota and counties across the border in west-central Minnesota. Snow will continue to fall today into Monday morning, turning heavy at times, especially mid-afternoon into this evening, the weather service said.

The storm could dump 8 to 12 inches of snow in the warning area, with higher amounts possible in localized areas, the weather service said.

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