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Interstate 94 Closes Between Bismarck and Jamestown

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White out conditions close Interstate 94 from Bismarck to Jamestown.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has more on the dangers of traveling in treacherous winds.
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Thursday morning's commute was a slow one.
Just after 7:30 this semi rollover brought traffic to a stand still.
Blocking the entire westbound lane along I-94 at Mile marker 162.--just on the east side of Bismarck.
The wind and visibility just got worse throughout the day.  
White out conditions closed I-94 from Bismarck to Jamestown.
(Jeremiah Bohn / State Highway Patrol Trooper) "It's really surprising, when you re driving down the road the roads look completely clear then you will come into a path of wind and it's zero visibility. So it's really deceiving people think they can pick up speed but there will be times you look straight down from your car and you can't see the lines on the road."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Car after car and truck after truck the traffic keeps rolling in off the interstate, as the it's closed to Jamestown and as you can see they are all just waiting out the storm."
Before noon, nearly the entire Sterling Cenex lot and store were full with truckers and drivers waiting out the storm.
(Nancy Chadwick / Sterling Cenex) " Once Bismarck fills up We always get the ones that can't find parking there."
(Trucker) "I have a hazmat load on and I don't want to take the chance." 
(Trucker) "When do you think you might move? When the wind dies down and the visibility is a lot better."
The Highway Patrol has some words of advice for those of you who might think going out is a good idea.
(Jeremiah Bohn / State Highway Patrol Trooper) "Stay home. don't travel. It's not worth it, the wind out here is ridiculous."

   Officials also are advising no travel in central and northeastern North Dakota because of blowing snow.
   Motorists are also urged to use caution in other parts of the state, as well as across South Dakota.


 


 

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