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50-mph gusts trigger travel alert in northeast North Dakota

A travel alert was issued for northeastern North Dakota Tuesday morning because of heavy winds.

The National Weather Service said gusts could reach up to 50 mph, causing low visibility that could make morning commutes difficult.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation said the cities of Grand Forks, Cavalier, Pembina, Drayton and surrounding areas may be affected. NDDOT said drivers should be aware of rapidly changing conditions and reduce speeds.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported areas in the northwest corner of the state are experiencing heavy winds and roads are either completely or partially covered with snow.

The weather service issued a winter weather warning for Cavalier, Ramsey and Walsh counties and said wind chills could drop to 20 below and cause frostbite on exposed skin in a half hour.