Strong winds and 3 inches of new snow overnight created difficult to impossible travel conditions Saturday morning, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Staff at the North Dakota State Hospital heating plant reported 3 inches of new snow as of 6 a.m. but noted strong winds made accurate measurement difficult. The National Weather Service reported sustained winds of 26 mph with gusts to 44 mph. Visibility was less than half a mile as of 6 a.m.

The Department of Transportation closed Interstate 94 from Bismarck to Fargo at 5 a.m. Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the South Dakota border has also been closed. No travel advisories have been issued for most eastern and central North Dakota including Stutsman County and the Jamestown area.

Reports from the Stutsman County Communications Center said some travels had become stranded on I-94 prior to it being closed.

A blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 6 p.m. Little or no new snow is anticipated today although strong winds will continue to cause blowing and drifting of snow and wind chill values could reach 30 degrees below zero.

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