The North Dakota Department of Transportation has extended the No Travel Advisory for areas NORTH of Interstate 94 in western North Dakota including the cities of Killdeer, Grassy Butte, Squaw Gap, and surrounding areas due to heavy snow and continuous ice and areas of zero visibility. State highways included in the No Travel Advisory are portions of ND 16, US 85, ND 200 and ND 22 located NORTH of I-94.
Due to the inclement weather, county offices in Manning and Killdeer were closed early, school was cancelled, after school sporting events for Killdeer Public School were cancelled, including the girls’ basketball district tournament game previously scheduled for tonight in Dickinson.
As a reminder, a Travel Alert is in place for Minot, Devils Lake, Grand Forks and surrounding areas. A No Travel Advisory remains in place for the Williston, Jamestown and Valley City areas.
All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov. NDDOT releases information to inform the public about travel conditions throughout the state. The three categories are as follows:
1. TRAVEL ALERT – Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate.
2. NO TRAVEL ADVISED – Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snowplows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.
3. ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED – Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.
Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CDT. The road report is based upon the information available to the NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported.
If you become stranded, motorists should stay with their vehicle and call 911 for emergency assistance.