Travel alert, winter storm watch for eastern North Dakota
GRAND FORKS — A no-travel advisory from Friday night has been lifted for southeastern North Dakota, according to a news release from the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
A travel alert from Friday remains in effect where the roads are still slippery and it’s difficult to see. That applies to Fargo, Grand Forks, Valley City, Wahpeton, Ellendale and surrounding areas.
A travel alert means motorists can still drive in the affected areas, but they should be careful of rapidly changing conditions.
The National Weather Service reported that a winter storm watch has been placed on most of eastern North Dakota from Saturday night into Sunday. That storm will likely include gusty northwest winds at 40 to 50 mph, NWS said, bringing in blowing snow and reduced visibility throughout the region and especially in open country areas.
The organization added it only expects a light dusting of snowfall.
Sunday will likely bring low temperatures and wind chills as low as minus 40 degrees Sunday night into Monday morning, NWS said.
North Dakota Highway Patrol and NDDOT ask that motorists be cautious when driving past other vehicles where there’s snow, fog and reduced visibility. The agencies also encourage drivers to wear seat belts and drive slow.