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Published March 04, 2013, 01:58 PM

No travel advisory lifted in Jamestown and Valley City areas

FARGO – A storm with freezing drizzle and snow is affecting motorists and schools throughout the Dakotas.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – A storm with freezing drizzle and snow is affecting motorists and schools throughout the Dakotas.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is advising no travel in the Jamestown and Valley City areas because of ice-covered roadways.

The advisory also has been extended to areas north of Minot, including the cities of Bottineau, Kenmare and Mohall, because of heavy snow causing zero visibility.

In addition, a travel alert has been extended to the Grand Forks area.

The National Weather Service has posted a blizzard warning for northwestern North Dakota, with up to 15 inches of snow possible in areas near the Canadian border. Lesser but still-significant amounts are forecast for other areas.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Red River Valley through Tuesday morning.

Snowfall totals are expected to be around 10 inches in the Devils Lake area, 4 to 7 inches in far southeastern North Dakota into west-central Minnesota and 5 to 8 inches over the northern valley into northwestern Minnesota, the weather service predicted.

Wind gusts up to 30 mph will be possible in eastern North Dakota tonight and Tuesday, causing reduced visibility in blowing snow, the weather service said.

As of 6:30 a.m., 1.1 inches of snow had fallen in north Moorhead, according to the weather service’s official observer there.

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