Here we go again, with the threat of another snow storm for the weekend, and with the final days of Christmas shopping, the strong wind are causing a problem for drivers.

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol have issued a Travel Alert for Minot, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Bismarck, Valley City and surrounding areas due to high winds, blowing snow sticking to the highway causing stretches of icy roads and reduced visibility creating hazardous driving conditions.

If you have shopping or any travel plans, be sure to have your safety survival kit in your car, check the roads by calling 511 on your cellphone and always tell someone where your destination will be and an estimate time of arrival.

Never leave your car if you get stranded.

Motorists should be aware that they may unexpectedly encounter these icy patches on the roadway so they are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to conditions.

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.