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Winter storm weakens but thousands still without power


              A car parked on a street in downtown Bismarck, N.D., is covered by a snowdrift on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, after Sunday's Christmas Day b...

              Vehicles piled high with snow in Mandan, N.D., Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds that forced...

              A car covered by a snowdrift next sits next to a "Welcome to downtown Bismarck" sign Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. The combi...

              Bismarck's Second Street in the downtown area had cars stuck in snowdrifts Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. The combination of ...

              Chad Gion, left, and Zach Wilson begin the process of digging a vehicle out in southeast Mandan, N.D., Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The combi...

              Makelah White, 20, lies on a mat while waiting to get a rescheduled flight to California after several flights were delayed or canceled...

              A young girl plays with a plush toy at the Delta Air Lines counter after several flights were delayed or canceled mostly due to weather...

              Chelsey Kalmback, 29, plays on her phone while waiting for a rescheduled flight to North Dakota after several flights were delayed or c...

              Madori Griffin, who says her car was snowed in, makes her way through an intersection while walking to work in the intensive care unit ...

              Mandan firefighters Shane Weltikol, left, and Chad Nicklos clear accumulating snow from outside the firehouse in downtown Mandan, N.D.,...

              Chris Barrett walks in low visibility conditions in downtown Mandan, N.D., during the Christmas Day blizzard on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. ...

A car parked on a street in downtown Bismarck, N.D., is covered by a snowdrift on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, after Sunday's Christmas Day b...

Vehicles piled high with snow in Mandan, N.D., Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds that forced...

A car covered by a snowdrift next sits next to a "Welcome to downtown Bismarck" sign Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. The combi...

Bismarck's Second Street in the downtown area had cars stuck in snowdrifts Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. The combination of ...

Chad Gion, left, and Zach Wilson begin the process of digging a vehicle out in southeast Mandan, N.D., Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The combi...

Makelah White, 20, lies on a mat while waiting to get a rescheduled flight to California after several flights were delayed or canceled...

A young girl plays with a plush toy at the Delta Air Lines counter after several flights were delayed or canceled mostly due to weather...

Chelsey Kalmback, 29, plays on her phone while waiting for a rescheduled flight to North Dakota after several flights were delayed or c...

Madori Griffin, who says her car was snowed in, makes her way through an intersection while walking to work in the intensive care unit ...

Mandan firefighters Shane Weltikol, left, and Chad Nicklos clear accumulating snow from outside the firehouse in downtown Mandan, N.D.,...

Chris Barrett walks in low visibility conditions in downtown Mandan, N.D., during the Christmas Day blizzard on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. ...

CHICAGO (AP) — The furious winter storm that swept into the northern Great Plains on Christmas Day weakened Tuesday, but thousands remained without power in the Dakotas and Michigan.

High winds and drifting snow continued to make travel hazardous in the Dakotas, even as vast stretches of highways that had been closed reopened to traffic. The no-travel warnings issued Christmas Day for much of North Dakota had largely expired by Tuesday, although the National Weather Service warned that drifting snow still blocked some roads.

Interstate 94, which had been closed for days in North Dakota, reopened Tuesday, as did Interstate 90 in South Dakota.

The Minot International Airport, which was closed Monday due to whiteout conditions, reopened Tuesday and was expecting its first flights — incoming and outgoing — late morning.

Winds gusting 40 mph to 50 mph also led to delays and cancellations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday, but the airport returned to full operations the next day, reporting just a handful of delays.

The South Dakota Rural Electric Association said roughly 13,700 of its customers were without power early Tuesday, and it could take several days to restore service. In Michigan, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy said 17,300 customers still had no electricity Tuesday morning.


Updated : 2021-01-18 12:02 GMT+08:00