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Published January 22, 2014, 06:53 PM

Road conditions dangerous outside FM metro

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -It's been another day of school closings, cars in ditches and weather warnings.

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -It's been another day of school closings, cars in ditches and weather warnings.

The good news: the worst driving conditions have passed, for now. It's still windy out, but the conditions seem to be better.

The worst roads today were north and east of Fargo. At some points visibility was less than a quarter of a football field.

No matter how you slice the pie, travel was treacherous for much of the day.

Getting around in town isn't a big deal. It's when you get out in the country that you can really feel the conditions.

Sgt Jessse Grabow, Minnesota State Patrol: "Boom, just like a white blanket got thrown over you at times."

With gusts exceeding 40 mph, WDAY reporter Katie Lange took a spin with one of Minnesota's finest, Sgt. Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol.

Grabow: "At 55 mph you're traveling 80 feet per second. You're covering 80 feet per second but you can only see maybe 10 feet in front of you."

Even Grabow says he was a little taken-aback by the low visibility.

Grabow: "Are you coming upon another slower vehicle. Is a semi-coming up on you?"

In conditions like this, it's anyone's guess as cars appeared out of thin air.

Grabow: "Things are always changing. The best things is to keep yourself informed, prepare, but the main thing is don't panic either."

If you find yourself disoriented, Grabow suggests staying cool, calm and collected.

Grabow: "Stay with the vehicle, keep calm, relaxed, you will be found, the storm will pass.”

Many commuters say they didn't think todays conditions were all that bad. In fact, one of them called it a typical winter day saying if you use common sense and drive slow, it'll all be fine.

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