FARGO - A combination of high winds and light snow Thursday caused ground blizzard conditions that resulted in treacherous driving conditions across the Red River Valley.
Two separate crashes backed up traffic late Thursday morning in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 near the Red River Bridge, which links Fargo and Moorhead.
Shortly before 11 a.m., a vehicle rolled over on the Minnesota side of the bridge and a two-vehicle sideswipe collision occurred on the North Dakota side, said Capt. Bryan Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Niewind said no injuries were reported.
On Thursday morning, highways in the metro area were icy in spots. And in rural, open country, blowing snow reduced visibility, the captain said.
The wintry conditions made travel difficult for much of North Dakota. Multiple accidents prompted authorities to close Interstate 94 from Jamestown to Valley City between 5 and 8 a.m.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said troopers responded to 13 property damage crashes between 3 and 11 a.m. in the southeast region.
Twelve vehicles, including one pickup pulling a horse trailer and seven commercial motor vehicles were towed from the ditches and medians of Interstates 29 and 94 during the morning hours, the state patrol said in a release.