Near zero visibility closing interstates, highways

Strong winds are whipping up blizzard-like conditions and closing sections of interstates and highways in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Ontario.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation closed Interstate 29 from Canada to the South Dakota border because of near-zero visibility and icy conditions, but later reopened a section from Fargo to Grand Forks.

Travel is also prohibited on Highway 13 from Interstate 29 to Wahpeton.

In Minnesota, the State Patrol advised no travel in northwestern Minnesota due to near whiteout conditions. Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Fergus Falls was closed along with sections of seven highways.

The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning Friday for eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Authorities in northwestern Ontario also reported numerous highway closures due to road conditions and crashes.