First winter storm of 2018 hits region

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
This is what it looked like on U.S. Highway 2 on Wednesday afternoon as the first winter storm of 2018 hit the region.

Roads throughout the Lake Region are reported to have scattered snow and drifts, but east of Devils Lake no travel is advised and the Interstate from just south of Fargo to the Canadian border is closed as of 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

What is being called by some “a good old-fashioned winter storm” rolled into Devils Lake shortly after noon Wednesday, Jan. 10 leaving behind between four to six inches of snow. Add to that the actual temperature of -9˚ with winds of 20 mph and wind chills become deadly

According to the AP, North Dakota transportation officials and the Highway Patrol have closed Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border because the winter storm has created dangerous travel conditions.

Interstate 29 also remains closed from Fargo to Grand Forks because blowing and drifting snow has reduced visibility to near zero.

Authorities are advising against travel in northeastern North Dakota, including Devils Lake, Hillsboro and Grand Forks. Transportation officials say snowplows may be pulled from roads during severe conditions.

A travel alert was issued for the remainder of the state which advises motorists of rapidly changing road conditions.

Schools in the Devils Lake area are starting two hours late and buses running wherever possible.