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Published April 30, 2011, 04:39 PM

Snow Prompts No Travel Advisory for Western, Central ND

The state Transportation Department issued a no travel advisory Saturday for portions of western and central North Dakota because of blowing and drifting snow.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Transportation Department issued a no travel advisory Saturday for portions of western and central North Dakota because of blowing and drifting snow.

Interstate 94 was closed on Saturday from the Montana border to Dickinson due to blizzard conditions.

Emergency managers in Golden Valley, Stark and Bowman counties tell the Dickinson Press that there were reports of stranded drivers.

The National Weather Service tells the Bismarck Tribune that a blizzard warning is in effect for much of western, central and northern North Dakota through Saturday night.

Forecasters say up to 9 inches of snow is possible in some areas, along with wind gusts as high as 50 mph.

Numerous activities were canceled Saturday, including high school proms in Dickinson.


From NDDOT

I-94 remains closed from Dickinson to the Montana Border.

A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for western North Dakota including the cities of Williston, Watford City, Crosby, Bowbells, Stanley, Tioga, New Town, Killdeer, Beulah, Beach, Belfield, Dickinson, Bowman, New England, Center, Glen Ullin and surrounding areas. This includes I-94 from Mandan to Dickinson and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert remains in effect for Underwood and north of Bismarck due to snow and blowing snow reducing visibility and causing slush to build up on roadways in the alert area.

Travel Alerts are issued to alert motorists that areas of challenging winter driving conditions may be encountered on roadways. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility.

No Travel Advisories are issued when conditions warrant no travel but not a road closure. No Travel Advisories have the potential to change to a Road Closure if conditions deteriorate. No Travel Advisories are issued for public safety to encourage motorists not to venture out onto the roads. Motorists are urged to take No Travel Advisories seriously. Conditions change often during a storm event and motorists may become stranded if they are caught between destinations.

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