NDDOT & Highway Patrol Close Major Highways Throughout North Dakota
Winter Storm Xenia continues to wreak havoc across North Dakota, and now the North Dakota Department of Transportation has closed several major highways throughout the state due to poor visibility and snow-covered roads.
As of 3:50CST Monday (3/31), closed thoroughfares include:
- I-29 CLOSED (all lanes) from Fargo to the Canadian Border
- I-94 CLOSED (all lanes) from Bismarck to Fargo
- US Highway 2 CLOSED (all lanes) from Devils Lake to Grand Forks
A Travel Alert has been extended for southeast North Dakota including the cities of Fargo, Wahpeton, Lisbon, Wyndmere and surrounding area due to blowing snow causing areas of reduced visibility. A Travel Alert remains in effect for areas south of Bismarck including Flasher, Selfridge and surrounding areas. Conditions in these areas include reduced visibility and snow covered roads. A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.
A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for areas around Bismarck, Steele, Center, Napoleon, Linton, Jamestown, Valley City, Edgeley, Ashley, Ellendale and areas in northeast North Dakota including Carrington, Devils Lake, Langdon, Grand Forks, Drayton and surrounding areas due to blowing snow creating near zero visibility and snow covered roads causing hazardous driving conditions. Motorists should not travel in areas included in the No Travel Advisory.
Motorists should be advised that snow plows have been working since early morning hours and throughout the day. NDDOT snow plows have been pulled from the roads at this time in rural areas around Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Devils Lake, Grand Forks and north of Fargo due to zero visibility. If conditions do not improve to allow the plow to get out the remainder of the day, the plows will resume operation early tomorrow morning when it is safe to do so. Roads may become blocked overnight. Especially at bridges and sheltered areas.