The North Dakota Department of Transportation, along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, extended a travel alert to northeastern North Dakota due to icy roads and reduced visibility caused by blowing snow. The travel alert was issued at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 30.

The cities included in the travel alert are Grand Forks, Drayton, Pembina, Cavalier and the surrounding areas. The travel alert means that motorists are still able to drive in the affected areas, but need to be aware of rapidly changing road conditions.

This follows a travel alert previously issued for southeastern North Dakota, with Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Wahpeton, Ellendale and surrounding areas being affected.

As the winter storm intensifies, motorists are advised to check road conditions by calling 511 from any phone or by visiting www.dot.nd.gov.

The eastern half of North Dakota and the northwestern portion of Minnesota remain under a winter storm warning until noon on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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The National Weather Service is expecting snow accumulation of anywhere between 6 to 11 inches with wind coming out of the northeast at 20-22 mph, and gusting up to 30 mph.

The snow and wind are expected to decrease by afternoon on Sunday.