Most of ND remains under high wind warning


FARGO -- Most of North Dakota is under a high wind warning until 9 Tuesday night as wind gusts could reach 65 mph in parts of the state, the National Weather Service says.

Northwestern North Dakota was under a blizzard warning until 9 tonight. In Minot, sustained winds of 45 mph gusting to 56 mph were reported shortly before 4 p.m., along with blowing snow and freezing fog. Heavy snow along with 24 mph winds gusting to 31 mph were reported in Rolla.

U.S. Highway 2 is closed in the eastbound lane from Minot to Devils Lake and westbound between Devils Lake and Rugby because of near zero visibility. Highway 3 was closed through Rugby, where wind speeds at 4 p.m. were at 41 mph, from Highway 19 to the Canadian border.

North central and northwestern North Dakota were under no travel advisories Tuesday afternoon.

State law restricts movement for these high-profile vehicles when wind or other conditions may cause the vehicle or attachment to sway out of the path of the towing vehicle.

“We have had a few high-profile empty van-type semi trailers that have been blown over,” said Capt. Eldon Mehrer, motor division commander for the highway patrol.

A semi van also was blown over south of Minot on Highway 83 and Bismarck reported similar incidents, Mehrer said.

The weather service reported wind speeds in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Dickinson around 38 mph mid-afternoon.

Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. High winds can also hinder travel, especially for high-profile vehicles.

High winds forced the closure early Tuesday of the Fargo landfill.