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UPDATE: I-29 now open; area schools to start late Monday

The NDDoT says a no travel advisory remains in place for the area.

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol have opened Interstate 29 northbound and southbound lanes throughout the state.

The announcement came shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. At the same time, the agency lifted a no-travel advisory that had been issued Sunday.

Icy conditions may still be present on highways throughout the state. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and drive for the conditions.

For more information on road conditions throughout North Dakota, call 511 or visit the ND Roads map at travel.dot.nd.gov/ .

As a result of the winter storm, several area schools, including Grand Forks Public Schools and East Grand Forks schools, will start two hours late on Monday, Dec. 6.

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A number of other schools in the region will also be starting late on Monday, including Larimore, Manvel and May-Port CG. For a full list of late starts and/or closures go to grandforksherald.com/severe-weather .

Power went out in parts of Grand Forks, the state is urging against travel in the region and the city of East Grand Forks has declared a snow emergency as a winter storm continued Sunday night.

According to a release sent to the media Sunday, the emergency in East Grand Forks goes into effect at midnight Monday, Dec. 6, and shall remain in effect until all streets have been cleared to their full width.

During the emergency, there will be no parking on East Grand Forks city streets. Vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency are subject to ticketing and towing.

Also Sunday, there were reports of power outages in Greater Grand Forks, starting around 5 p.m.

Due to the winter, Grand Forks Public Health is unable to offer COVID-19 testing at the UND Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic center at UND on Monday. However, testing will be taking place as normal at the Wilkerson Complex, from noon to 4 p.m. Monday.

According to WDAY, as of 6 p.m. Sunday, East Grand Forks had received 8.5 inches of snow during the snowstorm that hit Saturday evening and continued through Sunday. Meanwhile, Grand Forks has received about 7 inches.

Wind speeds as of 6 p.m. were around 30 mph or higher.

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Earlier in the day, the North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a No Travel Advisory for portions of northeastern North Dakota due to near zero visibility and ice-covered roadways.

A No Travel Advisory means that motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.

Cities included in this advisory are Grand Forks, Grafton, Pembina and surrounding areas.

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