By Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Wintry weather is causing travel problems in northeastern North Dakota as spring begins.

The National Weather Service has posted blizzard and winter storm warnings for the far northeast on Friday because of snow and winds gusting up to 50 mph. A winter weather advisory is in place for the rest of the region

The state Transportation Department has advised no travel in areas north of U.S. Highway 2 in the northeast due to near-zero visibility and icy roads. The advisory includes the cities of Grafton and Pembina.

A travel alert is in effect for the rest of the region, including Grand Forks. Officials say motorists can still travel but should slow down and use caution.

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