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TRAVEL ALERT: Drivers urged to use caution in southeastern ND as winter keeps grip on region

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FARGO - A travel alert has been issued for southeastern North Dakota.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a travel alert at 10:40 a.m. for the southeastern region of North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow and areas of icy patches on the roadway which is causing hazardous driving conditions, according to a news release issued this morning.

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The travel alert includes highways in the Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Lisbon and Hillsboro areas.

Freezing rain turned to snow this morning, causing slick driving conditions for commuters.

The National Weather Service says snow will spread from North Dakota across much of northern Minnesota Monday. Northwestern Minnesota could see up to 5 inches of snow by late afternoon.

Cold air also will move into northwestern Minnesota. Temperatures could fall to 10 below zero by Tuesday morning.

Forecasters say another wave of heavy snow could fall across much of western and central Minnesota into the northeastern part of the state starting Tuesday. More than 6 inches of snow is possible in many parts of central and northeastern Minnesota.

Snow and strong winds may cause blizzard conditions across western Minnesota on Tuesday.

Copyright © 2008 The Forum. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this report.

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