On way to spring, roads are slick in northern Red River ValleyExpect more difficult driving on Wednesday. Blowing snow sticking to roadways throughout the eastern half of North Dakota resulted in areas of scattered slush, compacted snow and continuous ice, according to the state Department of Transportation.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
Slick roads created dangerous driving conditions and led to several of accidents in the Grand Forks area today.
Blowing snow sticking to roadways throughout the eastern half of North Dakota resulted in areas of scattered slush, compacted snow and continuous ice, according to the state Department of Transportation.
In parts of northwest Minnesota, the state reported “difficult” driving conditions, two steps short of a “no-travel” advisory.
Police in the Grand Forks area responded to several vehicle accidents in and around the city, including two rollovers along U.S. Highway 2. The first occurred Tuesday afternoon east of Emerado, N.D., and sent two people to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. The second happened shortly before 8 p.m. northeast of East Grand Forks. The vehicle’s only occupant wasn’t injured.
Other highway accidents were reported along North Dakota Highway 15 west of Thompson, N.D., and along Minnesota Highway 220 north of East Grand Forks.
The DNDoT had issued a travel alert Tuesday afternoon for the cities of Grand Forks, Fargo, Drayton, Cavalier, Cooperstown and surrounding areas.
The National Weather Service expected snow to continue blowing throughout the night and into Wednesday morning with roads remaining slick.
Drivers should expect slippery roads to continue as the National Weather Service is predicting a chance of light snow or freezing rain Wednesday night.
More snow is likely Thursday and Friday night with 3 to 5 inches possible, according to the agency.