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Published January 03, 2014, 10:34 PM

Road conditions changing as the weather changes

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We are descending into a real blizzard Friday night; travel is not advised throughout eastern North Dakota. All day, cars have been sliding into the ditch and the road conditions are getting worse.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We are descending into a real blizzard Friday night; travel is not advised throughout eastern North Dakota.

All day, cars have been sliding into the ditch and the road conditions are getting worse.

Friday was a busy one for state troopers; with people driving too fast for the slippery conditions.

"It happened so fast, all of a sudden we were upside down."

Zach Booth was heading into town from Bloomington to coach in a big youth hockey tournament in West Fargo this weekend.

But as they pulled into Fargo, the jeep he was in hit a slick patch and rolled into the ditch.

Zach Booth/Rolled into Ditch: "Watch out, we weren't going that fast."

They certainly were not alone, in Fargo alone, troopers responded to more than a dozen accidents, tow trucks headed from one car in the ditch to the next.

The Minnesota state patrol in our area reported twenty accidents, including two injuries and one fatal rollover near Alexandria.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow/Minnesota State Patrol: "People are driving too fast."

The conditions in Friday afternoon may have been deceiving, with warm temperatures and no snowfall.

But as the night wears on, it’s only getting worse, icy roads, high winds, and plummeting visibility.

Minnesota State Trooper Jesse Grabow says if you absolutely have to travel give yourself plenty of time bring a winter survival kit along with you and constantly re-evaluate the road conditions.

Grabow: "Driving is a big responsibility."

These are expected to be full-on blizzard conditions Friday night.

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