Harsh weather impacts Hettinger County

The snowstorm which hit North Dakota Friday made travel on Highway 22 dangerous because of visibility as well
as snow and ice. In some locations, the visibility dropped to zero. Highway 22 had several accidents Friday morning
during the heaviest portion of the storm in Hettinger County. Herald photo / Brad Mosher

There was snow everywhere on Highway 22 Friday and the first major storm of the season caused problems for drivers all day.

The storm hit hard enough to cause accidents on one of the major north-south routes between Dickinson and Bowman and Hettinger.

The communities of New England, Regent and Mott caught the brunt of the storm which caused traffic accidents and delays for thousands of drivers..

The road conditions early Friday had some drivers swerving into the oncoming lane when they hit patches of ice on the road.

In addition, the school in New England shut down early with student sent home on buses because of the harsh weather conditions.

On the other side of the county, traffic and weather conditions in Mott and Regent wasn’t much better.

Drivers on the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway (Highway 85) experienced white-out conditions.

On Interstate 94, cars ended up on the side of the freeway or in the center median after losing a battle with snow, ice and 40 miles per hour winds.

State advice

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) issued a Travel Alert Friday for portions of southwest and central North Dakota due to icy road conditions as temperatures continue to drop.

The cities which were included in the Travel Alert were Beach, Mott, Dickinson, Killdeer, Beulah, Parshall, Garrison, Velva, Linton, Mandan, Bismarck, Steele, Medina, Ellendale and surrounding areas.

According to state officials, A Travel Alert means conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised of rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.

When a travel alert has been announced, all travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling.

Travelers can get road information by calling 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www. dot.nd.gov.

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