Slick, Snow Covered Roads | VideoRene Thibault | 3/4/2013
“Visibility isn`t too bad out in the country. It`s one of those storms where it’s almost worse around town, the visibility in town and the accumulation in town is worse,” said Gary Orluck, a Captain for the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Thanks to some strong winds close to the surface of the roads, highways out of Minot are fairly clear. “Out on the highway wind is blowing most snow off the roadway except in sheltered areas where we`re getting the accumulation built up,” added Orluck.
Inside the city, where buildings block those surface winds, the heavy, sticky now is starting to pile up in the roads. “We were out here all last year and it looks like we got more snow in the last couple weeks than we did all last year. Wish we could turn the clock back and do that again,” said Randy Shaia, a Minot resident.
“Little advice, no four wheel drive, I wouldn`t be out on them. They`re a little slick, if you have to get out on them take precaution,” added Gary O’Neil, another Minot driver.
Roads are slick and visibility is decreasing, drivers need to take extra precaution to keep themselves and others safe.
“Don`t hesitate to think twice about taking a side street you may not be familiar with,” added Barry Holmen, Minot High School’s Varsity Football Coach, and long time Minot resident.
“It is what it is, we knew that when we came up to North Dakota, the thing is for us just to be safe and be careful out there, and look of for other guys. If we practice those rules everybody should stay safe,” stated Shaia.
Allow for extra time, drive at a safe speed, and keep headlights on during days like today. Just a few simple steps to avoid problems on the roads.