Blizzard conditions affect travel in northwestern Minnesota, Dakotas

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Drivers were advised not to travel, if possible, in northwestern Minnesota Wednesday.

A blizzard warning for the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota was posted, as snow, strong winds and plunging temperatures moved in.

The storm created difficult travel conditions early Wednesday and a large number of schools canceled classes, including North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, some roads were closed due to blowing snow causing whiteout conditions.

According to Sgt. Jesse Grabow, with the state patrol, limited visibility was causing problems for drivers and some had gone off the roads.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks reported Interstate 29 closed from the South Dakota border to the Canadian border due to the weather conditions. 

Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said light snow was expected to move into the Twin Cities later Wednesday before temperatures drop. Then, winds could gust as high as 40-50 mph, which will cause blowing and drifting snow and, subsequently, poor driving conditions Wednesday night into Thursday.

MnDOT again posted about difficult travel conditions Wednesday afternoon.

The department also urged drivers to traveling Wednesday night or into Thursday morning to take extra precautions due to the strong winds, blowing snow and icy conditions. MnDOT reminded drivers to drive slower, keep headlights on, watch for snowplows and give them 10 cars lengths of space, and to make sure your vehicle is prepared by checking batteries, fuel levels and making sure you have a survival kit packed in case of emergency.

Arctic air, strong winds and more snow headed toward Twin Cities

Barlow said Minnesotans can expect a significant temperature drop Thursday, with the wind making it feel 25 to 30 degrees below zero.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.