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UPDATE: No travel advisory issued for eastern North Dakota due to icy roads, near zero visibility

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A no travel advisory has been issued for eastern North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow creating icy road conditions and near zero visibility.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued the alert at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday for residents of Grand Forks, Cooperstown, Pembina, Cavalier, Langdon, Devils Lake, Rugby, Carrington, Fargo, Wahpeton, Gwinner, and surrounding areas. A no travel advisory means motorists should not travel in these areas, the news release said.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for east North Dakota and northwest Minnesota counties along the Red River, including Kittson and the western parts of Polk and Marshall.

Little snow is expected to accompany gusting winds, which are forecast between 40 and 60 mph, but about 4 to 6 inches of snow that hit the region earlier this week is loose and could be blown around.

That will cause whiteout conditions for travelers, the weather service said.

Weather watchers for NWS near the Canadian border in North Dakota reported low to no visibility near Langdon and Cavalier Wednesday afternoon. High-speed winds were expected to hit the Grand Forks region between 7 and 9 p.m., while Fargo could see the storm before midnight, according to the weather service.

"Cold air will also move in with this system, with wind chills of 25 below to 35 below zero late tonight into Thursday," the weather service said in a Wednesday afternoon update on the system.

South-central North Dakota is under a travel alert due to snow and blowing snow creating slippery road conditions and areas of reduced visibility. That includes Beach, Dickinson, Bismarck, Mandan, Glen Ullin, Underwood, Napoleon, Steele, Beulah, Minot, Jamestown, Valley City and surrounding areas.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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