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Early Snowfall Reminds Drivers to be Defensive

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It may seem a little early for hazardous road conditions...

But heavy snow makes an early appearance--shutting down some roads in the southwest--and causing some weather related accidents.

With the snowfall yesterday and this morning, drivers are reminded that it's time to slow down when hitting the road.

Bismarck Police Sergeant Mark Gaddis says there have been 25 motor vehicle accidents in the city since 7am yesterday morning.

Even though the snow has subsided for most of the area, drivers still need to be on the defensive.

Kelly Leben with the North Dakota Safety Council says it's never too early to rev up your winter driving skills.

"When this time of year comes around, I think it's important for people to understand there's going to be bad conditions and we might be on a good stretch of roadway and five miles down the road it might be ice. So we have to always be evaluating where we're at and what the conditions are in that area," says Kelly Leben, Instructor, North Dakota Safety Council.

A couple of roads in the southwest--are still closed--as of newstime.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation reports more than 18,000 motor vehicle crashes each year.

These accidents result in more than 5,000 injuries and nearly 150 fatalities.

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