NDDOT issues no travel advisory for western, central northeastern North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. - UPDATE 4:45 p.m.

No travel advisory issued for western, central, and northeastern North Dakota due to snow, blowing snow, and ice under the snow creating hazardous driving conditions.

Cities included in the No Travel Advisory are: Williston, Dickinson, Minot, Bismarck, Devils Lake, Jamestown, Valley City, Grand Forks and surrounding areas. Motorists in these areas should not travel as blowing and drifting snow is creating hazardous driving conditions.

A Travel Alert has been issued for the Fargo area due to icy roads and slush on roadways creating slippery driving conditions.

Cities included in the Travel Alert are Fargo, Mayville, Hillsboro, Casselton, Lisbon, Wahpeton, and surrounding areas. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.

I-94 from the Montana Border to Jamestown as well as Highway 83 between Minot and Bismarck will close at 5:30 p.m. Central Time.

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.

Travel Alert extended to the Devils Lake area.

ORIGINAL STORY: 12:30 p.m.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has issued a Travel Alert for many areas of the state because of icy roads caused by freezing rain.

Cities included in the alert are Dickinson, Bismarck, Minot, Jamestown, Valley City, Grand Forks, and surrounding areas.

NDDOT says motorists can still travel, but conditions can change rapidly.

The department says in an email:

"Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A travel alert has the potential to change to a no travel advised if conditions deteriorate."

This story will change as the day goes on and conditions change.