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Blizzard shuts down major highways

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A plow clears snow off of Gateway Drive near I-29 in Grand Forks, N.D., as a blizzard moves through the Red River Valley.

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A plow clears snow off of Gateway Drive near I-29 in Grand Forks, N.D., as a blizzard moves through the Red River Valley.

If you were planning to head down south for some cross-border shopping today, think again.

The North Dakota department of transportation and the state highway patrol have closed the northbound and southbound lanes of I-29 from Fargo to the Canadian border.

Falling and blowing snow have created near-zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.

The same storm system is responsible for a blizzard warning in effect in southeastern Manitoba.

An Environment Canada spokeswoman said as much as 25 cm of snow could fall in the Sprague area, while communities in the Red River Valley could see snowfalls of up to 15 cm this evening.

Wintry conditions have also shut down Highway 17 (Trans-Canada) from the Manitoba-Ontario border to Vermilion Bay. Highway 12 from Highway 1 to the U.S. border is now closed due to zero visibility.

Winnipeg is expected to miss the worst of the storm, with snowfall amounts predicted at 2 to 4 cm late this afternoon and into the evening.

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Updated on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:29 PM CDT: photo added, story updated

8:27 PM: added new closure, changed headline

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