A travel alert has been issued for much of North Dakota, threatening to put a serious damper on holiday travel just before Christmas.

The National Weather Service issued the alert Monday morning (12/22), due to fog creating reduced visibility and rain mixed with snow creating icy road conditions. A travel alert means that motorists can still travel, but should be aware of the potential for rapidly changing conditions.

The alert is in effect for northwest, north central, and extreme northwest parts of North Dakota, including:

  • Bowbells
  • Crosby
  • Williston
  • Stanley
  • Watford City
  • New Town
  • Garrison
  • Parshall
  • Surrounding areas

A travel alert means that motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A travel alert has the potential to change to a no travel advised if conditions deteriorate.

The weather service is expecting anywhere between 1-4" of snow between Monday and Tuesday for most of the state.

National Weather Service Bismarck

Motorists are advised to carefully monitor road conditions when making the determination to travel. You can also download the ND Department of Transportation's new mobile app to stay up-to-date on current conditions.