UPDATE: Travel alert for Jamestown area expands to include all of eastern N.D.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation has extended its travel alert to northeastern North Dakota due to snow creating reduced visibility and challenging driving conditions.
The alert remains in effect for southeastern North Dakota. Cities in the travel alert include: Grand Forks, Drayton, Pembina, Grafton, Lakota, Carrington, Jamestown, Valley City, Edgeley, Ellendale, Wahpeton, Fargo, Hillsboro and surrounding areas.
Snowplows and other vehicles can create a snow fog which makes it virtually impossible to see around. Motorists should use caution and reduce speeds when meeting and passing vehicles.
Here are some tips for sharing the road with snowplows:
* Stay well back. Sometimes snowplows have to stop and back up and they often spread sanding material.
* Know where the plow is on multi-lane roadways. The plow could be in either lane or on the shoulder.
* Be extremely cautious when passing a snowplow and never drive through "white-outs" or "snow fog", caused by cross winds or plowing snow.
* Never drive through "white-outs" or "snow fog", caused by cross winds or plowing snow. Snowplows pull over and stop frequently to allow traffic to pass. Be patient and wait until you can see.
* Watch for plow trucks on interstate ramps and "authorized vehicle only" cross-overs.
* Slow down and drive according to the conditions.
* Be patient - Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
* Stay back - At least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow fog.
Travel alerts are issued to alert motorists that areas of challenging winter driving conditions may be encountered. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility. All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions.
All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions, reduce traffic speeds 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. Information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CST. 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 motorists become stranded they should stay with their vehicle and call 911for emergency assistance.