In the Bismarck-Mandan area, despite a few messy spots. we got off relatively easy with this latest winter storm.

Fargo and Grand Forks, not so much.

State authorities issued a no-travel advisory for much of the state's eastern half. The area interstate system remained closed through the Monday morning drive. Forecasters say the extreme weather extends through central Minnesota to the east.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney issued a "state of emergency" declaration for his city early Monday. Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson calls it "once in a decade" kind of weather event.

The City of Fargo also issued a no-travel advisory and closed 19th Avenue North due to blowing snow and bad visibility. Fargo's Hector Airport opened Monday morning, though air schedules may be disrupted.

The Grand Forks metro faced a similar situation as the worst of the storm wound down early Monday. The Highway Patrol described the early traffic situation in one word: "Impassible."

If you plan on traveling eastward via car or air, be sure and check ahead as conditions continue to change.

[Source: KFGO Radio]