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Published February 13, 2013, 09:34 AM

Clear roads may hold icy surprise

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - It's been a deceptive day on the roads. This morning it was icy, and the next minute, the roads are nearly clear of snow. Troopers say it's causing drivers to drop their guard, causing accidents, and sending vehicles into the ditch.

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - It's been a deceptive day on the roads. This morning it was icy, and the next minute, the roads are nearly clear of snow. Troopers say it's causing drivers to drop their guard, causing accidents, and sending vehicles into the ditch.

After all that sun today, our highways, interstates, and city streets are starting to clear, but these wet surfaces can freeze quickly, and create hazardous conditions.

I-94 just outside of Moorhead may look pretty dry. These roads though, can be dangerously deceptive. Troopers say conditions change from mile to mile.

Sergeant Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol: "Pay attention, use caution when traveling. I still would not use my cruise control."

Case in point: A Milnor man was seriously injured early this morning, after rolling his pickup on Highway 10 near Hawley. The highway was briefly shut down. A semi hit slush, and slid into the ditch this afternoon. Tow-trucks spent hours trying to get it out. These are only two of the 326 Minnesota crashes since the snow storm.

The roads are rough in town too. An SUV ended up on its side this afternoon. The driver was on 42nd Street in South Fargo when his wheels got caught in the heavy snow and slush. It’s no different in rural North Dakota. Troopers have had a busy few days.

Captain Bryan Niewind – North Dakota State Patrol: "It's not typical, because we don't usually have these types of storms."

Since Saturday, they've encountered 35 crashes in our region, and at least 100 cars in the ditch.

Captain Bryan Niewind: "They've been dumping sand/salt mixture out there, but there are still spots out there that have some built up ice, slush."

Troopers say the sun helped melt a lot of compacted snow and ice today. Roads look much better, but drivers still need to be on-guard, and not get too confident.

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