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Published December 04, 2013, 09:08 PM

Winter weather has caused icy conditions and blowing snow on the roads

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The snow may have slowed down tonight, but now the wind is stirring things up.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The snow may have slowed down tonight, but now the wind is stirring things up.

A travel alert remains in effect for another day for eastern North Dakota amid icy conditions and blowing snow.

Tonight it's been gusting up to 35 miles an hour and about five inches of snow is blowing all around so the visibility is not great.

Driving is difficult throughout the area, and those who have been on the roads this evening say avoid driving, if you can.

Snow and wind are never a good combination when it comes to travel.

After a hefty dumping of powder, the wind picked up - making roads dicey for drivers like Lucky and Darla Schoenwald.

Lucky Schoenwald/Fargo Resident: "It's getting tough out there. The wind is making it worse than it was earlier."

Darla Schoenwald: "I mean we have the snow, but the wind is just making it hard to see."

A travel alert continues for another day urging drivers not to travel if you don't have to and if you do slow down on the icy, snow roads.

The past few days have proved treacherous for drivers.

Fargo Police alone have responded to about 100 accidents since the storm started.

Jeff Cook, driving for the Swift trucking company, says visibility was so bad he drove 35 miles per hour much of the way between Minot and Fargo.

Jeff Cook/Swift Truck Driver: "I almost got ran off the road."

With another 700 miles to go, he found himself wondering whether to call it a night.

Cook: "I am debating whether to find somewhere to stay for the night, because there were times I couldn't

see anything."

The Schoenwalds' advice: stay home.

Schoenwald: "We saw several cars in the ditch and you can tell there is ice under there."

If you do go out driving tonight take it slow and watch for drifts and ice.

These are near-blizzard conditions, so if you get stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 9-1-1.

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