January 6, 2014 Updated: January 6, 2014 at 8:01 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Motorists in the Dakotas are being urged to take precautions if they're traveling in the extreme cold pushing through the region.
Wind chills in some areas are in the minus 30s, 40s and 50s. National Weather Service meteorologist Philip Schumacher says motorists should carry winter survival kits and a charged cellphone, because if they become stranded they could suffer frostbite quickly.
North Dakota's Transportation Department is urging motorists in much of that state to beware of blowing snow that's reducing visibility and scattered ice that's creating slick conditions.
Travel alerts have been posted for the eastern, north central and southwestern parts of the state. The alerts mean people can still travel but they should use caution.