- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A December blizzard has shut down a major interstate across North Dakota.

The state Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol have closed both eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 94 between Dickinson and Valley City. That’s more than 200 miles of interstate that cuts across North Dakota.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of western and central North Dakota through Tuesday afternoon. Schools across the region closed as officials advised against travel. And, some government offices, including Bismarck and Burleigh County won’t open Tuesday.

Falling snow and wind gusts of up to 50 mph have created near zero visibility on some roads.

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