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Blizzard conditions close portions of ND, Minnesota freeways

FARGO, ND – Blizzard conditions closed portions of a freeway and freeways in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota on Friday.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has closed Interstate 29 from Fargo to the Canadian border due to blowing snow and near-zero visibility. Motorists face fines if they drive on roads that have been closed. Highway. 2 from Devils Lake to Grand Forks is also closed.

No travel is advised in most of the Red River Valley.

“These winds are entering the valley from north to south. As far as conditions on I-29 right now, with the temperature change, we have icy roads combined with zero visibility,” said the captain of highway patrol Brian Niewind.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for all of eastern North Dakota and parts of northwestern Minnesota. Wind gusts of up to 65 mph were expected with isolated gusts of 70 mph.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol also closed portions of at least 11 freeways in northwest Minnesota.

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