North Dakota Highway Patrol warning travelers of high winds

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to travel with care thanks to high winds occurring across the state.

"During these conditions, high-profile, long-load type, and permitted over dimensional vehicles have restricted travel," said NDHP Sergeant Wade Kadrmas in a statement released to WDAY Radio. "North Dakota law restricts movement for these vehicles when wind or other conditions may cause the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle."

Federal regulations also direct operators of commercial motor vehicles to reduce speeds when hazardous conditions such as snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust or smoke adversely affect visibility or traction. These same regulations direct CMV drivers to cease operations altogether if conditions become sufficiently dangerous.

Motorists can access road and weather information by visiting the ND Roads website. The map has a feature that displays wind speeds reported by the National Weather Service.