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The Latest: Patrol says 1 killed in North Dakota crash

January 1, 2019
A car drives along Interstate 190 early Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Rapid City, S.D. Heavy snowfall and gusty winds created blizzard-like conditions in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota the day before the new year, causing officials to closed an airport and sheriff's deputies to advise against travel. (Chris Huber/Rapid City Journal via AP)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on blizzard-like conditions in Dakotas, Minnesota (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

Authorities say one person has died in a crash in North Dakota during whiteout conditions.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind says the accident involving three vehicles occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Monday on Interstate 29 about 20 miles south of Fargo.

The patrol says a truck and a van were traveling northbound in the right lane when another vehicle passed them, causing whiteout conditions. As the truck and van were slowing down, a semitrailer approached them from behind and struck the van, pushing it into the truck.

The patrol says the driver of the van was killed.

The crash remains under investigation and the victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.

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2 p.m.

The Rapid City Regional Airport expects to reopen by Tuesday morning as the airport digs out from a winter storm that hit western South Dakota.

According to the airport’s Facebook page, all flights in and out of the airport were canceled Monday. Officials say they expect to reopen the airport by 6 a.m. Mountain time Tuesday or Monday evening if possible.

Travelers should contact their airline to reschedule their flight.

In North Dakota, officials have lifted no-travel advisories for parts of northeastern and southeastern North Dakota, including Valley City, Wahpeton, Fargo, Hillsboro and Lisbon. A travel alert remains in effect for those areas because of reduced visibility.

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7:55 a.m.

The Rapid City Regional Airport has closed because of deteriorating weather conditions. Heavy snowfall and gusty winds are creating blizzard-like conditions in parts of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Travelers are being advised not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for updated flight information. The airport says it will reopen when visibility conditions improve.

In North Dakota, the Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol have issued an advisory against traveling in the southeastern part of the state because of blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility. Cities included in the advisory include Valley City, Wahpeton, Fargo, Hillsboro and Lisbon.

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7:09 a.m.

Forecasters say blizzard-like conditions are creating hazardous travel conditions in the Red River Valley, especially in areas with open fields.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says falling and blowing snow with gusts of 40 mph have some sheriff’s deputies reporting near zero visibility. Snow will gradually end across southeastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota Monday morning.

A blizzard warning was posted for Norman County, Minnesota and Steele and Traill counties in North Dakota and for western and northeastern South Dakota.

The weather service says the snow and wind are accompanied by dangerous winds chills of 30 to 40 degrees below zero.

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