GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- A winter storm is dropping heavy snow in some parts of the Dakotas and freezing rain in others, shutting down schools and creating problems for motorists.
The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings and advisories in the two states through tonight and into tomorrow in some areas.
Up to a foot of snow has fallen in northeastern North Dakota, while freezing rain was the main problem in southeastern North Dakota and parts of eastern South Dakota.
The storm with mixed precipitation and gusty winds is moving east out of Montana and crossed the Dakotas into Minnesota and Iowa.
No travel is advised in parts of southeastern North Dakota because of icy roads, and motorists are being urged to use caution in many in other areas. Many schools started late or called off classes for the day.
160-a-06-(Sound of recorded travelers advisory, from the Iowa Department of Transportation)-"covered with snow"-Sound of recorded travelers advisory warning of rough road conditions. (4 Mar 2013)
087-a-09-(Brad Bramer, science and operations officer, Grand Forks National Weather Service office, in AP interview)-"by Tuesday morning"-Brad Bramer, with the National Weather Service's Grand Forks office, says parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa are in for a big snowfall. (4 Mar 2013)
088-a-15-(Brad Bramer, science and operations officer, Grand Forks National Weather Service office, in AP interview)-"area by Tuesday"-Brad Bramer, with the National Weather Service's Grand Forks office, says the storm will be heading toward the Great Lakes. (4 Mar 2013)
APPHOTO MNMPR101: A tow truck operator prepares to haul away a car involved in an accident on Interstate 94 in Fargo, N.D. on Monday, March 4, 2013. Overnight snow made travel treacherous across much of the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio,Nathanial Minor) (3 Mar 2013)
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