Some roads re-open as blizzard warning expires
Update 4:30 p.m.
Several roads in west central Minnesota will reopen at 5 p.m. today, though the Minnesota Department of Transportation warns driving conditions are still difficult to poor.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will reopen at 5 p.m. Highway 10 from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes, Highway 210 from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls, and Highway 28 from Browns Valley to Westport.
Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Alexandria remains closed until further notice, as does I-94 in North Dakota between Jamestown and Fargo. Interstate 29 between Grand Forks and the South Dakota border likely won't open until Sunday.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
Some roads reopened as a blizzard warning throughout the Red River Valley expired today. A winter weather advisory expired at 4 p.m. A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon Sunday.
West Fargo police advises only essential travel within city limits as many roads remain blocked due to snow and stalled vehicles. "All road crews are out at this time attempting to reopen roadways," a statement from police said, adding vehicles blocking snowplows from clearing streets are being impounded.
Earlier today, some North Dakota roads reopened, including I-94 between Jamestown and Bismarck, and Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border.
North Dakota crews also have reopened U.S. Highway 2 from Grand Forks to Devils Lake.
Despite highways reopening in Minnesota, the State Patrol and Department of Transportation said blowing and drifting snow and icy areas continue to cause dangerous driving conditions and reduced visibility. "Motorists still need to use extreme caution when traveling throughout the entire west central Minnesota area, especially after dark," a news release said.
For updated information on road conditions for the state you live in, call 511.