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Published January 16, 2014, 07:38 PM

Country roads worse than city streets

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -If you live in town, you're lucky. For all of our out-of-town drivers, the morning commute was much more difficult

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -If you live in town, you're lucky. For all of our out-of-town drivers, the morning commute was much more difficult.

White-out conditions swept through early this morning. Even our own WDAY crew had to turn around while driving along highway 10, east of Moorhead.

It's like trying to find your way through a thick wall of white...

David Branden, Weathering the Whiteout: “I was going to Glyndon and I couldn't see the road.”

The same thing happened to us as we inched our way along highway 10, where winter swirled around our vehicle, bringing the season's worst white-out conditions.

Sgt. Mark Empting, Clay County Sheriff’s Office: “Right now obviously the weather we were expecting has hit and it's hit in full force.”

Once you head outside of town that's where wind and blowing snow really start to pick up, making it nearly impossible to see only feet in front of you.

Branden: “I didn't want to chance it.”

Empting: “I was just out there not too long ago and I couldn't see past my hood at times.”

A few crawled along, but for most drivers, it was too dangerous to head too far.

Branden: “I had to turn around and come back here.”

Grace Lopez, Moorhead driver: “In town it's fine.”

It's night and day when you get within the metro, winds died down and most snow stayed put.

Lopez: “Once I left home it was okay, not so bad in town, but the wind makes it hard.”

Branden: “Totally different. In town it isn't bad, but out of town it gets bad.”

So, whether you're headed north or south...

Empting: “If you're driving around town and you make your way east a little bit”

East or West...

"you are going to be fooled."

The safest thing to do is simply stay home.

The worst of the white-out hit early around 3 a.m. and continued well into the morning.

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