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Published February 18, 2013, 05:17 PM

I-94 white out conditions made the morning commute nearly impossible

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Near white-out conditions in the metro made the morning commute nearly impossible.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Near white-out conditions swept over stretches of interstate surrounding the metro.

Authorities even shut down some parts, after several early morning roll-overs along I-94 outside of Moorhead. For drivers who decided to brave the storm. The Monday morning commute brought 40 mile per hour winds.

In addition to slick roadways, blowing snow is causing near white-out conditions here by the interstate, making it difficult for drivers to see what's only feet in front of them.

Nancy Warling: "It'll blow in front of me sometimes and then it will quit, then it will go again."

Surrounding drivers like Nancy Warling with pure white...

Warling: "Where it's wide open, that's where it hits ya."

Grabow: "Traffic traveling way too fast for a lot of these areas where it's wide open out here, where there's no protection."

Way too much swirling snow for even the plows to keep up.

And making it hard for people behind the wheel, to not only see, but stay on roads like I-94.

Grabow: "We've had about a dozen crashes, about half of those being rollovers. Fortunately no injuries. We did have a state trooper squad car get hit."

Minnesota state patrol decided to close down the east-bound lanes outside of Moorhead.

Grabow: "When it gets to be such a clear and present danger to the motoring public, that's when we definitely shut it down."

And although roads may open back up after a few hours, there's no telling how quickly that window of visibility may close.

Grabow: "Do not put your schedule ahead of safety cause that's just it, it's bad."

Warling: "We're use to it around here so we take it easy hahaha"

State patrol says if you do need to go out, slow down, make sure your headlights are on, and do not use cruise control.