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Published January 16, 2014, 10:16 PM

Ground Blizzard might put the brakes on a truck driver's day

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Today's ground blizzard may have inconvenienced some in town, but for those driving on the highways, it was treacherous in some spots. Fortunately, the wind is dying down.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Today's ground blizzard may have inconvenienced some in town, but for those driving on the highways, it was treacherous in some spots. Fortunately, the wind is dying down.

Truck drivers say driving was tough, but not quite bad enough to pull over.

“In a blizzard, driving one of these things is like driving with a giant sail. Especially when it's empty.”

And winds in Fargo gusted up to 60 miles per hour during this ground blizzard.

Cory Dyck, truck driver: "Right around the North Dakota, South Dakota line it was near zero at points but I could do 50-55 miles an hour and it wasn't so bad."

But their biggest obstacle wasn't so much the wind or the snow clouding the windshield.

It was other drivers driving slow and without their headlights on. Putting them on even higher alert.

Tom Lawrence, truck driver: "Watch out for other people. Make sure you're not going to run into anybody. Drive a little slower because it takes a while to stop one of these things.

For truck drivers, time is money. But, Cory Dyck says he will only drive if he feels comfortable.

Dyck: "If the roads were icy and snowing, then forget it, it would be closed. But the roads are pretty dry for the most part and I have a decent amount of weight in the box."

Tonight, the wind has died down though it is still pretty strong. It has gotten colder out here but the visibility seems to be much better for drivers.

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