Update: I-94 closes from Bismarck to Fargo
Interstate 94 has shut down from Bismarck to Fargo, Interstate 29 has been closed from the South Dakota border to the Canadian border, and U.S. Highway 2 has shut down from Devils Lake to Grand Forks.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol closed the major highways due to zero visibility and snow-covered roads, it said in a release this afternoon.
Motorists are not allowed to travel on closed roads due to the life-threatening conditions, and any motorist who drives past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.
The no travel advisory in areas of central North Dakota, including north and west of Bismarck and Center, as well as the Langdon area, has been lifted.
A travel alert has been issued for Glen Ullin, Underwood, Center and surrounding areas. Travel alerts remain in effect for areas south of Bismarck, including Flasher and Selfridge, and southeast North Dakota including Fargo, Wahpeton, Lisbon and Wyndmere.
A no travel advisory remains in effect for Jamestown, Valley City, Steele, Napoleon, Linton, Edgeley, Ashley and Ellendale, as well as Carrington, Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Drayton.
Snow plows have been working since early morning and throughout the day, but have been pulled at this time from rural areas around Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Devils Lake, Grand Forks and north of Fargo. If conditions don't improve, plows will resume operations early tomorrow morning when it is safe.
Roads may become blocked overnight, particularly at bridges and sheltered areas, officials warned.